Public lecture by Ambassador Andrew J Young - Proud to Be
Thursday, 28 October 2021, 18:00 to 19:00
Who this event is for
Join us for this special closing event for Black History Month 2021. We have the honour to welcome Ambassador Andrew J Young to Oxford Brookes, who will share some lessons we can learn today from the American Civil Rights movement.
In the decades since Andrew Young helped change the course of history as a leader in the Civil Rights movement, he has built a remarkable legacy as a civic activist, elected official, groundbreaking ambassador, social entrepreneur, and adviser to presidents.
Today, he leads the Andrew J. Young Foundation’s efforts to develop and support new generations of visionary leaders who will create sustainable global approaches to economic development, poverty alleviation, and the challenge of hunger.
Young worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to teach non-violent organizing strategies. He was a key strategist and negotiator during campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
He was the first U.S African-American Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977, and instrumental in the building of modern-day Atlanta, being elected Mayor in 1981 and re-elected in 1985.
Young is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion d’Honneur and has received honorary degrees from more than 100 colleges and universities.
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