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Andrew Young to Deliver MCLA's Michael S. & Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture

11/04/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host Andrew Young, an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia, at the Third Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, "A Continuing Legacy," which will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, "A Continuing Legacy" is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

"Part of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, when he was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young for more than 50 years has worked for the advancement of people around the world who are socially, politically and economically oppressed," said John DeRosa, trustee of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. "I encourage the public to join us as we hear from Ambassador Young, who played an important role in the history of our nation's civil rights, and who continues to work to improve the lives of others across the globe."

Young, who also has served as the Mayor of Atlanta, a congressman from Georgia's fifth congressional district and as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, views his career through the lens of his first career - that of ordained minister.

His work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as a congressman, an United Nations~ ambassador and as mayor, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of public purpose capitalism through Goodworks International, and the establishment of the Andrew J. Young Foundation all are a response to his call to serve.

Young brings a unique~perspective formed by his wealth of~experience in national and global leadership to his focus on the challenges of this era. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence.

He was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma, Ala., that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Young was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972, and served on the Banking and Urban Affairs and Rules committees, sponsoring legislation that established a U.S. Institute for Peace, the African Development Bank, and the Chattahoochee River National Park, while negotiating federal funds for MARTA, the Atlanta highway system and a new international airport for Atlanta.

Young's support for Jimmy Carter helped to win the Democratic Party nomination and election to the Presidency. In 1977, President Carter appointed him to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, where he negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought Carter's emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy.

His leadership as the Mayor of Atlanta took place during a recession and a reduction in federal funds for cities. Young turned to international markets for investments in Atlanta attracting 1,100 new businesses, $70 billion in investment adding one million jobs to the region. He developed public-private partnerships to leverage public dollars for the preservation of Zoo Atlanta.

Young led the effort to bring the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta and, as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Olympic Committee, he oversaw the largest Olympic Games in history - in the number of countries, the number of athletes and the number of spectators. He was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

Young has received honorary degrees from more than 60 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. President Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France awarded him the Legion d'honneur, the greatest civilian honor in each nation.

President William J. Clinton appointed him as the founding chair of the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund. He serves on a number of boards, including: the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Barrick Gold, the United Nations Foundation, as well as the Atlanta Falcons and the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

"Andrew Young Presents," the~Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated series of specials produced by Young through the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Inc. is seen in nearly 90 American markets and around the world through the Armed Services Network. He is the author of two books, "A Way Out of No Way" and "An Easy Burden."

Young and his wife, the educator and civic leader Carolyn McClain Young, live in Atlanta, Ga. He is the father of four children and grandfather of six.

"A Continuing Legacy" is part of MCLA's "Creating Equality" series, produced in recognition of the many 50-year anniversaries of key events in the history of the United States' civil rights movement. Throughout this academic year, the College is exploring the country's civil rights legacy and impact on American society through a number of events and programming.

Through the "Creating Equality" series, the MCLA community examines and honors the dedication, leadership and sacrifice that make social change possible. Through courses, conversations, cultural programs and leadership opportunities, faculty, staff and students consider the accomplishments and challenges associated with all dimensions of human rights, including racial equality, women's rights, gay rights, immigrants' rights and economic equity.

MCLA is proud to honor these movements and the individuals who have led and supported them, and to provide a platform for discussion of these important issues. "Creating Equality" will celebrate the progress that has been made and challenge the community to understand and become involved with the ongoing national debate about civil rights.

For more information and a complete listing of "Creating Equality" events, go to www.mcla.edu/creatingequality, www.mcla.edu/gallery51, www.mcla.edu/presents and www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/publicpolicylecture.

For more information about "A Continuing Legacy," go to www.mcla.edu/publicpolicy, or contact Chelsey Burke, 413-662-5391, or C.Burke@mcla.edu.