Ambassador Andrew Young set to Visit Texas Southern University March 8th for Lecture


youngThe Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University will host "Lessons from the Makings of Modern Atlanta", an evening with Civil Rights legend, American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor, Ambassador Andrew Young on Friday, March 8th. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the McCoy Auditorium, room 114 in the Public Affairs Building on TSU's campus. A book signing and reception will immediately follow.

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective to Texas Southern 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. 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 which attracted 1,100 new businesses, $70 billion in investments and added 1 million jobs to the region.

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 100 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. He is the author of three books A Way Out of No Way, An Easy Burden and Walk in My Shoes. He is the father of 4 and the grandfather of 8. Ambassador Young and his wife, the educator and civic leader, Carolyn McClain Young reside in Atlanta.

For more information/inquiries, please contact: Mr. LaRence Snowden, SnowdenLB@tsu.edu / (713) 313-6844.