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For a university that prides itself on facilitating a healthy exchange of ideas on many of the most pressing questions facing our world and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the ability to host Ambassador Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week is opportune.

Throughout his distinguished life and career – which has included posts as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, United States Congressman and Mayor of Atlanta, among others – Ambassador Young has not only set himself apart as an individual dedicated to human rights, but challenged those around him to rethink their own values and ideas.

Inauguration Week Presentation & Reception

The presentation by Ambassador Young will take place on Wednesday, October 12, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center Field House. A reception will immediately following in the Gymnasium. Both the presentation and reception are open to all members of the campus community and the general public; no tickets are required.

About Ambassador Young

  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 1977-1979
  • United States Congressman, 1973-1977
  • Mayor of Atlanta, 1982-1990
  • Co-Founding Principal and Chairman, GoodWorks International

Andrew Young has always viewed his career through the lens of his first career – that of ordained minister. His work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of public purpose capitalism through GoodWorks International, and the establishment of the Andrew J. Young Foundation are all a response to his call to serve.

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective formed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership to his focus on the challenges of this era. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence. He was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Ambassador Young was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972 and served on the Banking and Urban Affairs and Rules Committees, sponsoring legislation that established a U.S. Institute for Peace, The African Development Bank and the Chattahoochee River National Park, while negotiating federal funds for MARTA, the Atlanta highway system and a new international airport for Atlanta. His support for Jimmy Carter helped to win the Democratic Party nomination and election to the Presidency. In 1977, President Carter appointed him to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations where he negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought Carter’s emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy.

Ambassador Young’s leadership as Mayor of Atlanta took place during a recession and a reduction in federal funds for cities. He turned to international markets for investments in Atlanta attracting 1,100 new businesses, $70 billion in investment adding 1 million jobs to the region. He developed public-private partnerships to leverage public dollars for the preservation of Zoo Atlanta.

Ambassador Young led the effort to bring the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta and as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Olympic Committee, he oversaw the largest Olympic Games in history- in the number of countries, the number of athletes and the number of spectators. He was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

Ambassador Young has received honorary degrees from more than 60 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. The President Jimmy carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and France awarded him the Legion d’honneur, the greatest civilian honor in each nation. President William J. Clinton appointed him the founding chair of the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund. He serves on a number of boards, including: the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Barrick Gold, the United Nations Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons and the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Andrew Young Presents, the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated series of specials produced by Ambassador Young through the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Inc. is seen in nearly 90 American markets and around the world through the Armed Services Network. He is the author of two books: A Way Out of No Way and An Easy Burden.

Ambassador Young and his wife, the educator and civic leader Carolyn McClain Young, live in Atlanta. He is the father of 4 and grandfather of 6.