Lexington, Virginia • January 5, 2011
Andrew J. Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Young's talk, titled "A Call to Serve," as well as other activities during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Week, are free and open to the public.
Young has served as mayor of Atlanta, as a pastor, as Congressman from the 5th District of Georgia, and as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. He also served as president of the National Council of Churches USA, was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Young is the author of more than five books, including "An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America" (1998); "Andrew Young, Remembrance & Homage" (1978); and "The History of the Civil Rights Movement" (1990). Young received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, the highest civilian award in the U.S., and France's Legion d'honneur.
He has received more than 45 honorary degrees including awards from Dartmouth, Yale, Notre Dame, Clark Atlanta, Emory and the University of Georgia. He received his B.S. degree from Howard University and a B.Div. degree from Hartford Seminary.
W&L is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of activities highlighting diversity and inclusion from Sunday, Jan. 16 to Saturday, Jan. 22. The activities include: