Andrew Jackson Young

Rev. Andrew Jackson Young

Andrew Jackson Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 12, 1932 to a dentist father and schoolteacher mother. Young graduated from Howard University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science and earned a Bachelor of Divinity from Hartford Seminary in 1955. He joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1960 and by 1964 was named executive director. He campaigned in Birmingham (1963), St. Augustine (1964) and Selma (1965) and was with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. From 1972-76, Young served as a Democratic congressman from Atlanta, Georgia. In 1977, Young became the first African American to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations, but in 1979 was asked by President Jimmy Carter to resign after Young violated American foreign policy by meeting with representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Young was elected as mayor of Atlanta in 1981 (and re-elected in 1985), and was instrumental in bringing the 1996 Olympic Games to that city. Young is now co-chairman of a consulting firm called GoodWorks, which links companies with emerging markets in Africa and the Carribbean.

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