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Plummer Bernard Young, Jr.

Calvary Cemetery
Section 24, Block 24, Lot 159, Space SE COR
(d. 1974)

 Dr. Plummer Bernard Young picture

P. B. Young, Jr. was the eldest son of P. B. Young Sr., the founder of the Norfolk Journal and Guide, Norfolk’s African-American newspaper. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School system, and The Ohio State University. While a student at Ohio State, he became the first black editor of the student daily newspaper, The Lantern. After graduation in 1929, he embarked on a 35 year career with his father’s newspaper. He served in a variety of capacities, from reporter to editor-in-chief. During World War II, he and his younger brother Thomas traveled as the newspaper’s war correspondents.

In 1945, he was appointed by President Roosevelt to conduct a survey of the colonies in West Africa. He was awarded the Wendell Wilkie Award for objective journalism and editorial page excellence on two occasions. He was a long time supporter of Booker T. Washington High School, serving as chairman of The Committee for the Best Booker T. Washington High School in 1964.

In 1931, he married Undine Davis (1909-1990). She is interred with him at Calvary. They had 3 sons: P. B. Young III, Thomas Davis Young (1935-1960), and Davis Chatham Young.

Guide's P.B. Young Jr. Was Top Journalist
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Oct 25, 1975;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. A16

Mrs. Undine Young, 90, former editor, Journal and Guide, passes in Mass.
Elizabeth Fenty
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); May 19, 1999;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 1

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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