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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.


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