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Tidbits about U.S. Ambasssador Andrew J. Young, Jr. as He Celebrates 90 Years

Tidbits about Andrew Jackson Young, Jr.

  • Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on March 12, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Howard University
  • Bachelor of Divinity Degree, Hartford Seminary
  • Minister, Pastor
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • He and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1961
  • Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Close friend and confidant to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia’s 5th District (1973 – 1977), first Black Georgian elected to the U.S. Congress since Reconstruction
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.S. President Jimmy Carter Administration) (1977 – 1979)
  • 55th Mayor of Atlanta (1982 – 1990)
  • Co-Chairman of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games
  • Founder of the Andrew Young Foundation, supporting and promoting education, health, leadership and human rights in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean
  • Co-Founder of GoodWorks International, a consulting group that promotes initiatives to improve conditions in Africa and the Caribbean
  • Co-Chairman of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park, along with National Monuments Foundation president Rodney Mims Cook, Jr. This “peace park” is located in the Vine City community on Atlanta’s westside
  • Professor in the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies


  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1981
  • France’s Légion d’honneur
  • The NAACP Spingarn Medal
  • Four Freedom Award for the Freedom of Worship
  • Honorary Co-Chair of the World Justice Project
  • 2012 Georgia Trustee. Given by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to individuals whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752
  • 2018 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage

Places named after Andrew Young

  • In 1999, Georgia State University in Atlanta renamed its public policy school the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to honor Young
  • International Boulevard, near Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, was renamed Andrew Young International Boulevard, in honor of his involvement in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta
  • The Andrew Young Center for International Affairs at Morehouse College was named after Young
  • The Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, the only full-service YMCA operating in Southwest Atlanta, is named after Young and his younger brother dentist Walter
  • A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER bears Young’s name in recognition of his civil rights achievements
  • On March 11, 2021, Delta Air Lines renamed the building at the entrance to their headquarters as the “Ambassador Andrew J. Young International Building”
  • The Andrew Young Crossing in St. Augustine, Florida

Last updated on March 11, 2022

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