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Profession

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Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Leader
Mayor
Cabinet Appointee
Pastor
U.S. Congressman

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Birthplace

Born:
3/12/1932
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Category:
CivicMakers
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PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Leader
Mayor
Cabinet Appointee
Pastor
U.S. Congressman

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Born:
3/12/1932
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born March 12, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Andrew Jackson Young, Sr., a dentist and Daisy Fuller Young, a teacher, Young grew up in a hostile multi-ethnic neighborhood where his father taught him how to box for survival. Graduating from Gilbert Academy in 1947, at age fifteen, Young was an avid reader who idolized Dr. Ralph Bunche. Attending Dillard University for a year, Young transferred to Howard University where he was on the track and swim teams. Graduating with a B.S. degree in pre-med in 1951, Young was admitted to Hartford Theological Seminary. In 1952, in Marion, Alabama, he met future wife, Jean Childs, as he pastored summer bible school, studied the works of Ghandi and agitated for voting rights. Later, Young met and befriended Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He earned his B.D. degree from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1955.

A product of the United Church of Christ's American Missionary Association (AMA), Young’s first pastorate was at the AMA-founded Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville, Georgia. In 1957, he went on to the National Council of Churches in New York to work as associate director for youth work and as an administrator for United Church of Christ’s Christian Education Program. Young moved to Atlanta in 1961 and joined the senior staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Young played a key role in negotiating the 1963 Birmingham desegregation agreement. He would do likewise in Selma, Alabama. After Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Young helped lead the Poor Peoples Campaign. In 1972, he was elected the first black congressman from Georgia since Jefferson Long, serving in the United States House of Representatives until1976. Young was appointed by President Carter as United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 to 1979 and was Mayor of the City of Atlanta from 1982 to 1990. He was named chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund by President Clinton in 1995. In 1996, Young served as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

In 2003, Young was elected as the twentieth president of the National Council of Churches in New York. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards including the Pax Christi Award from St John's University; the NAACP’s 1970 Springarn Medal; the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981; the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Peace and Justice Award in1991; and the ROBIE Award in 1998. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Young is co-chair of Good Works International and a director of the Drum Major Institute. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University is one of the country's best policy schools.


Young who is an associate pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta, is married to the former Carolyn Watson. He and his first wife, the late Jean Childs Young, have four children, Andrea, Lisa, Paula, and Andrew, III.

Young was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 27, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating for The Honorable Andrew Young's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his childhood community in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young recalls his relationship with his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his philosophy of "Don't get mad, get smart"
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young relates how his maternal ancestors supported themselves in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young recalls how some of his maternal ancestors passed for white
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the moral codes of his father and paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young recalls his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the role of sports in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his brother, HistoryMaker Dr. Walter Young
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes the role of music in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his experiences at Valena C. Jones Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew Young recalls a disciplinary incident from third grade at Valena C. Jones Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the violent atmosphere of Valena C. Jones Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his high school experiences at Gilbert Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his childhood responsibilities within the family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young remembers the murder of his uncle, Walter Fuller
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his childhood dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes role models from his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his athletic career at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young explains his decision to transfer from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his academic pursuits during his college years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his first religious experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the beginnings of his studies of religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his social life at Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his experiences attending Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes how he met his wife, Jean Childs Young, while assigned to pastor a church in Marion, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young reflects on his experiences living in Europe in 1952
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes events from his senior year at Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes an encounter with the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about how the business community helps to promote social change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the birth of his first two children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his support for President Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about how he became involved with the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about working for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. during the late 1950s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes running citizenship schools with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his tenure as executive director of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about how he led negotiations with the white community during the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about how he became comfortable negotiating with whites
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - List of sponsors for 'An Evening With Andrew Young'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Introduction to 'An Evening With Andrew Young'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - HistoryMaker Charlayne Hunter-Gault introduces Andrew Young
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - A scene from the Honorable Andrew Young's childhood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about the educational tradition in which he was raised
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - A scene from the Honorable Andrew Young's college years at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his calling to religious life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes meeting his wife, Jean Childs Young in Marion, Alabama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - A scene from the Honorable Andrew Young's tenure as pastor of Evergreen Congregational Church in Beachton, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes how he first got involved in the Civil Rights Movement as a preacher
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - The Honorable Andrew Young recalls facing and defeating the Ku Klux Klan in Thomasville, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his tenure working with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about returning to the South and getting involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - A scene about the Honorable Andrew Young's work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes how Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assumed leadership of the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 17 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes how Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assumed leadership of the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 18 - Film clip of the Honorable Andrew Young's political career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 19 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about being elected to the United States Congress in 1972
  • Tape: 7 Story: 20 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his tenure as United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 21 - The Honorable Andrew Young describes his tenure as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 22 - The Honorable Andrew Young talks about his work with GoodWorks International, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 23 - The Honorable Andrew Young reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 24 - Credits for 'An Evening with Andrew Young'