Andrew Young, Champion of Civil Rights, to Present Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College

April 01, 2010


Andrew Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and champion of domestic and international civil rights, will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College's Timken Building on Thursday, March 20 at 8 p.m. 

Andrew Young 

Young has been at the center of some of the most important events of the second half of the 20th Century. He has helped shape the United States' policies as a former member of Congress and as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established at Mount Union College in 1988 to bring major speakers to campus. The lecture series is the result of a gift to the College by the Schooler Foundation, provided by the late Mr. and Mrs. Seward Schooler of Coshocton, Ohio.

Past Schooler lecturers have included former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally and holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author Robert Fulghum, educator Joe Clark, former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Young is the co-founding principal and chairman of GoodWorks International. This involvement allows him to execute his life-long mission to energize the private sector to advance economic development in Africa and the Caribbean. Young puts corporate executives in contact with leaders and key influences in the regions' emerging markets, facilitating the formation of successful business partnerships. He also offers strategic advice to corporations on doing business successfully in those markets, and advises several governments on sound policy-making.

Young served as mayor of Atlanta from 1982 - 1989, during a time of growth and prosperity in the city. He played an integral role in bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta.

He began his first of three terms as an U.S. Congressman in 1972. In addition to overseeing GoodWorks International, Young serves on the boards of several Fortune 500 companies. He is Distinguished Executive Fellow and Honorary Professor of Public Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He also serves as the head of the National Council of Churches.

In his speeches, Young focuses on the future of doing business domestically and on a global scale, with particular emphasis on opportunities in previously overlooked markets. He emphasizes how business can affect positive changes in our cities and throughout the world. He is an inspiring speaker who challenges his audiences to continue the push toward peace and justice throughout the world. He reflects on the important roles that business and government play in improving and securing the quality of life for citizens around the globe.

He has published two books, "A Way Out of No Way" and "An Easy Burden." He is currently writing a memoir on Africa.

For more information, contact Kim Garner at (330) 829-8169

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