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Andrew Young (b. 1932)

@ New Georgia Encyclopedia

Moye, J. Todd


Encyclopedia article about Andrew Young, African American civil rights activist, politician, and clergyman. Young was born on March 12, 1932 to a dentist and a schoolteacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in and from Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut before accepting a pastorate for a congregational church in Thomasville, Georgia. He worked with the National Council of Churches before joining the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and assisting in organizing "citizenship schools." In 1972 Young became the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the United States Congress from Georgia. President Jimmy Carter named Young ambassador to the United Nations in 1977. Young served as mayor of Atlanta and as cochair of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

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