In celebration of Black History Month, Spring Arbor University welcomes Ambassador Andrew Young to campus on Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. Ambassador Young will address the audience at 5 p.m. in the Ralph Carey Forum located on the top level of the Student Life Center. The event will last about an hour. Admission is free and the community is welcome to attend.
“We are excited to welcome Ambassador Young to campus as we celebrate Black History Month. He truly is an exemplary man who has fought for peace and equality during a tumultuous time in American history. It is an honor to welcome him to Spring Arbor University,” says Eric Beda, director of intercultural relations at SAU.
Ambassador Young was a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, was involved in its inception, friend of Dr. King and served as vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He presently serves on the Board of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change.
While in Michigan on Feb. 15, Ambassador Young will also make scheduled stops at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit at noon, and the Southern Michigan Prison in Jackson at 3:30 p.m. prior to his talk at SAU. Ambassador Young will conclude the day at Greater Bible Way Temple in Jackson at 7 p.m.
Ambassador Young is chairman of Goodworks International, a specialty consulting group based in Atlanta, Ga., that provides strategic services to corporations and governments operating in the global economy. He serves as a member of the boards of directors of numerous organizations and businesses including Delta Airlines, Argus, Host Marriott Corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, Cox Communications, and Thomas Nelson Publishers.
The National Council of Churches’ past president, Ambassador Young served as NCC President — a part-time, non-salaried leadership post — in 2000-2001. His NCC presidency brought him full circle, as he had served as associate director of the Department of Youth Work of the NCC’s Division of Christian Education from 1957-61.
Ambassador Young is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has published two books, A Way Out of No Way, Thomas Nelson, and An Easy Burden, Harper Collins. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and many honorary degrees. He served three terms in the US Congress from the 5th district of Georgia. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter named him Ambassador to the United Nations. He served two terms as mayor of Atlanta and was co-chairman of the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996.