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Young, Andrew

Born: 1932 AD
Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Religious Leaders

1932 – Born in New Orleans, Louisiana

1946 – studied at New Orleans’ Dillard University

1947 – transferred to Harvard University

1951 – earned his Bachelor of Science and pre-med degree

1955 – after responding to what he felt was his calling, he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut

– pastored a church in Marion, Alabama
– married Jean Childs who studied the writings of Mohandas Gandhi

1957 – went to New York City to work with the National Council of Churches

– became the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after moving to Atlanta; as the leader, he organized a number of preaceful protests influenced by Gandhi
– contributed to the drafting of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

1968 – was one of Dr. King’s principle lieutenants when King was shot in Memphis, Tennessee

1970 – unsuccessful in seeking a seat in Congress

1972 – Georgia’s first African American congressman since Reconstruction

– re-elected as congressman

1976 – was appointed as United States Ambassador to the United Nations by Pres. Jimmy Carter

1979 – forced to resign when a controversy came up concerning his meeting with a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization

1981 – Atlanta mayor

1985 – re-elected as mayor of Atlanta

– co-chaired the committee for Olympics
– was one of those who organized the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta

Presently, Young is an advocate for human rights and the co-chair of Good Works International.