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Sonjia W. Young

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Let's Think Positively

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1941
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Let's Think Positively

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1941
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Founder of Eventions, Inc., one of the first minority and female owned full-service communications companies, Sonjia Waller Young was born Sonjia Amar on October 6, 1941, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her parents, Bernadette Louise Honore Amar and Apollonare Germain Amar, were both of Creole heritage. Young attended St. Francis Xavier School and McKinley High School. When her parents passed away, she moved in with her sister at Southern University. She graduated from Southern High School in 1959 and went on to earn her B.A., B.S. and Masters degrees in educational counseling from Southern University.

When she was seventeen years old, Young was asked to join the Ebony Fashion Fair as a model when it came to Baton Rouge. After touring with the Ebony Fashion Fair, Young married the late Walton Waller, a United States Air Force pilot, and lived for a while in Germany. In 1970, she married Dr. Walter Young and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as a teacher and counselor at Atlanta Junior College, Clark Atlanta University, and Georgia State University. During these years, Young also worked as an interior designer. In 1982, she founded Eventions, Inc., which has become one of the top event planning/communications companies in the Southeast. Eventions’ clients include: The Coca Cola Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation, AME Conferences, Coors Brewing Company, DeKalb International Training Center and the Pan African Conference. Young has also worked with Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Andrew Young, Muhammad Ali, and others. Eventions renovated the Wachovia Bank Building in East Point, Georgia, as the company’s headquarters.

Young is the recipient of numerous awards. Among these are: “One Hundred Top Business Owners in Georgia,” Women Looking Ahead Magazine’s “Blue Print Award,” the Atlanta Business League’s “Diamond Award,” the Atlanta Tribune’s “Salute to Black Business Owners Award,” ITC’s “James Costen Award,” and the Atlanta Media Women’s “Public Relations Award.” Frequently appearing as an inspirational speaker in the Atlanta area schools, Young, who has four grown children, is an avid supporter of educational efforts for youth. A member of Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, Young enjoys golf and yoga in her spare time.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sonjia W. Young's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sonjia W. Young lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sonjia W. Young describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sonjia W. Young remembers picking cotton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sonjia W. Young describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sonjia W. Young remembers picnics with her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sonjia W. Young recalls her first experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sonjia W. Young describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sonjia W. Young remembers her uncle who passed for white
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sonjia W. Young describes her childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sonjia W. Young lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sonjia W. Young describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Sonjia W. Young describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sonjia W. Young describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sonjia W. Young recalls the St. Francis Xavier Church in Baton Rouge, Louisisana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sonjia W. Young describes the St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sonjia W. Young remembers the deaths of her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sonjia W. Young remembers the Southern University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sonjia W. Young talks about being bullied as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sonjia W. Young remembers adopting her name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sonjia W. Young recalls joining the Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sonjia W. Young remembers Freda DeKnight
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sonjia W. Young remembers meeting Dinah Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sonjia W. Young recalls touring with the Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Sonjia W. Young remembers her marriage to Walton Waller, Sr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sonjia W. Young remembers meeting her husband, Dr. Walter Young
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sonjia W. Young remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sonjia W. Young describes her early career in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sonjia W. Young remembers founding Eventions, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sonjia W. Young remembers guiding a tour for Eventions, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sonjia W. Young recalls the events organized by Eventions, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sonjia W. Young describes the services offered by Eventions, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sonjia W. Young describes the challenges facing minority businesses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sonjia W. Young remembers the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sonjia W. Young explains her preference for corporate clients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Sonjia W. Young talks about event planning technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sonjia W. Young recalls Joseph Lowery's tribute roast
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sonjia W. Young remembers planning Coretta Scott King's funeral
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sonjia W. Young recalls the speakers at Coretta Scott King's funeral
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sonjia W. Young recalls working with the U.S. Secret Service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sonjia W. Young describes her work at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sonjia W. Young talks about golfing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sonjia W. Young describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sonjia W. Young reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sonjia W. Young reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sonjia W. Young talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Sonjia W. Young describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Sonjia W. Young talks about the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sonjia W. Young narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sonjia W. Young narrates her photographs, pt. 2