Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young to deliver Mary Frances Young Lecture
Andrew Young, a former ambassador to the United Nations and civil rights leader, will deliver the 2010 Mary Frances Early Lecture at 4 p.m. April 6 in the UGA Chapel. The tenth annual lecture honors Mary Frances Early, the first African-American to earn a degree from UGA, and her legacy at UGA.
Ambassador Andrew Young first came to national prominence by serving as a top aide and ordained minister to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. He played a key role as a negotiator in civil rights protests across the South.
In 1972, Young was elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia’s 5th District. After serving four years in Congress, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations. He later served two terms as Atlanta’s mayor and co-chaired the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
In recent years, Young has extensively worked on humanitarian efforts across the world. He is the co-founder and chair of GoodWorks International, an organization that promotes international business in Africa and the Caribbean.
Young has traveled to more than 150 countries to build the economies of developing nations with a business model that combines education, religion, democracy and free enterprise.
“The annual lecture recognizes Mary Frances Early’s dedication toward making UGA an institution of higher learning for all people,” said Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School.