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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Ivory
Favorite Food:
Hot Dog
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town
Favorite Quote:
Now, Abided Faith, Hope And Love, But The Greatest Of These Is Love.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1944
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Ivory
Favorite Food:
Hot Dog
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town
Favorite Quote:
Now, Abided Faith, Hope And Love, But The Greatest Of These Is Love.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1944
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Civic leader Carolyn Young was born on September 14, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia to Dorothy Wilmont Harden and George McClain, Sr. Young graduated from Price High School in 1962, and went on to receive her B.S. degree in sociology and elementary education from Atlanta's Clark College in 1966. After teaching at Wesley Elementary School for several years, Young received her M.A. degree in elementary education from Georgia State University in 1971.

Upon graduating from Georgia State University, Young became a teacher at East Lake Elementary School in Atlanta, where she helped to desegregate the faculty. She taught kindergarten through seventh grade but primarily focused her attention on fifth grade students. She went on to teach at E. Rivers Elementary School, where she also served as a Sunday school superintendent at Union Baptist Church. Young married U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young in Capetown, South Africa in 1996, and retired from teaching. She worked as the protocol contact for foreign dignitaries at GoodWorks International, a transnational business management consulting firm founded by her husband in 1996. There, she coordinated logistics, travel, and events around the world. Young served as vice chair of the Andrew J. Young Foundation and as the executive director of Andrew Young Presents, the Young Foundation’s Emmy award-winning, nationally syndicated documentary series highlighting Africa, the Civil Rights Movement and other social issues.

Young received many honors for her dedication to elementary school teaching, including the Atlanta Area II Teacher of the Year award. Young was a recipient of the Southern Bell Black History Calendar “Teacher of Excellence” Award, the Georgia Teachers Incentive Award for Intermediate Grades. Young also served on the board of directors for numerous organizations including the United Negro College Fund, the Andrew & Walter Young YMCA, Atlanta Area Technical College, WestCare, the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University, and Clark Atlanta University. She was honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women, and was the recipient of the Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams Award, the Outstanding United Negro College Fund Volunteer Award, and the Lady Who Leads Award.

Carolyn Young was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 2, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carolyn Young's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carolyn Young lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carolyn Young describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carolyn Young talks about never meeting her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carolyn Young describes her brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carolyn Young reflects upon her struggles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carolyn Young talks about the impact of her father's absence on her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carolyn Young describes her home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carolyn Young describes her mother and grandmother's personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Carolyn Young remembers her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Carolyn Young describes her experiences of bullying
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Carolyn Young describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carolyn Young talks about her family's financial status
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carolyn Young recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carolyn Young describes her experiences at Luther Judson Price High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carolyn Young describes her talent for singing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carolyn Young talks about her deductive reasoning skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carolyn Young recalls developing an illness during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carolyn Young describes her experiences at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carolyn Young talks about her family's experiences during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carolyn Young remembers her early teaching experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carolyn Young talks about her attire as a teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carolyn Young remembers her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carolyn Young describes how she was treated by her white colleagues
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carolyn Young recalls how she was treated by her African American colleagues
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carolyn Young describes her teaching career in the Atlanta Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carolyn Young recalls attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carolyn Young talks about her approach to black history education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carolyn Young talks about her approach to black history education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carolyn Young recalls meeting Andrew Young's son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carolyn Young describes her initial relationship with the Young family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carolyn Young remembers her friend, Elizabeth Knox Blackwell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carolyn Young recalls the death of her friend, Elizabeth Knox Blackwell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carolyn Young recalls comforting Andrew Young after the death of his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carolyn Young remembers dating Andrew Young
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carolyn Young remembers her engagement to Andrew Young
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carolyn Young describes her wedding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carolyn Young recalls the initial response to her marriage to Andrew Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carolyn Young talks about her first impressions of South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carolyn Young shares a story from Andrew Young's travels in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carolyn Young talks about the wealth gap in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carolyn Young describes her return from South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carolyn Young talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carolyn Young talks about her husband's transnational consulting firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carolyn Young talks about her husband's documentaries
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carolyn Young describes the Carolyn Young Mentor Walk
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Carolyn Young talks about her mentorship and board memberships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Carolyn Young talks about her husband's colleagues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Carolyn Young reflects upon her legacy and how she would like to be remembered