Dr. Claud Young grew up in Selma, Alabama. He graduated from Western Michigan University and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He set up his practice in Detroit and played a significant leadership role in the SCLC. He was the founder of the Michigan chapter of the SCLC, and worked with the organization until well into the 1990’s. He served as the national chairman of the entire SCLC when Martin Luther King III was forced to take a break
There is very little information about his specific activities and duties, but the role of the SCLC in the March on Washington is well documented. The group joined with CORE in order to plan the march. Because of their combined efforts, 200,000 attended the event. Dr. Martin Luther King, president of the SCLC at the time, gave his “I Have A Dream” speech at the event.