Civil rights leader, ambassador and aide to Martin Luther King Jr. to speak in Richmond

Civil rights leader, ambassador and pal of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak in Richmond

The esteemed Andrew Young, a civil rights leader who has also held roles as Atlanta’s mayor and as ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to speak at a free dinner and event at Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond on Oct. 20.

The special event, sponsored by the nonprofit For Richmond, begins with a free buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Following dinner, Young will share his insights on how “social responsibility within a community—encompassing individuals and industry—can have a profoundly positive impact on that community’s economic development,” according to For Richmond.

While the event is free, attendees must RSVP (See the flyer below for more info).

Young began his storied career as a pastor and moved on to work with a civil rights organization organized by Martin Luther King Jr.

Young became King’s trusted aide. Following King’s assassination in 1968, Young was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he fought for poor, working-class Americans and argued that providing economic stability in Africa would ultimately benefit the U.S.

Young was later named ambassador to the United Nations by President Jimmy Carter, and several years later was elected as Atlanta’s mayor.

Young teaches at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and has been active over the last decade in organizations that further human rights goals both in the U.S. and internationally.