Andrew Young

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Thursday on Political Rewind, we were joined by former mayor of Atlanta and long-time civil rights activist Andrew Young.

As a pastor in Georgia, Young became involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. He later served as a Georgia delegate to the House of Representatives, and then as ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.

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Andrew Young, the civil rights-era leader, former mayor of Atlanta and President Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to the United Nations, endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden for president Thursday, March 5.

On Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Political Rewind with Bill Nigut, Young said Biden was a friend of his and someone who could bring the Democratic electorate together.

Andrew Young
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GPB-TV has a new documentary about civil rights leader and former ambassador Andrew Young.

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On this special edition of Political Rewind, Bill Nigut talks with Ambassador Andrew Young, as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Young was one of Dr. King’s chief lieutenants throughout  the Civil Rights Movement, and he was with King the evening he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.


With New Year's right around the corner, we're re-airing our conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young in the spirit of self-reinvention. We hope that Young, a man who has been working on himself for his entire life, will inspire you as you write your New Year's resolutions. 

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Ambassador Andrew Young has worn many hats in his storied life of service to Atlanta.

In the 1970s, he served as a Congressman for Georgia’s 5th District and Ambassador to the United Nations as part of the Carter administration.

For most of the '80s, he was mayor of Atlanta, and in the years since has established the Andrew J. Young Foundation to continue work on economic, educational and human rights issues around the world.

He sat down with Rickey Bevington in the SkyView Ferris Wheel in Downtown Atlanta and shared some of his perspectives on issues past, present and future.

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This past weekend, former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young appeared on NBC’s "Meet The Press" with Chuck Todd. Following the interview, many civil rights activists criticized Young for some of his comments. We get reactions from local leaders, including Reverend Gerald Durley, LGBT activist Monica Helms, and Creative Currents Executive Director Oronike Odeleye.

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Morris Publishing announced this month it would sell ownership of 11 daily newspapers in the Southeast to Gatehouse Media. The sale includes large local Georgia papers like the Augusta Chronicle, the Athens Banner-Herald, and the Savannah Morning News. We talk about what’s behind the sale with Carolyn Carlson, a Professor of Communications and Media at Kennesaw State University. And Phil Kent, CEO of Insider Advantage, and a former editor at the Augusta Chronicle.

The internet has changed the way journalists reach audiences, causing media outlets and journalism programs to struggle with how best to teach the craft journalism to the next generation. University of Georgia professor Valerie Boyd is spearheading a MFA program that specializes in teaching long-form journalism techniques to students. Guest host Adam Ragusea sits down with Boyd to talk about the value of long-form and it’s place in the current media landscape. 


The 2016 Rio Olympics will be kicking off next month, but this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta games. And one of the biggest players in bringing the Olympics to the South was Georgia's own Andrew Young. 

Ambassador  Young recalls a few memorable moments from '96 and  talks about his role in bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta.

A Generational Divide In Civil Rights Activism?

Jul 18, 2016
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Today, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner will meet with Black Lives Matter activists. 

Reed and Turner agreed to the meeting last week, after days of protests where demonstrators clogged streets and tried to block the interstate: strategies that aren’t always well-received by veterans of the Civil Rights Movement and expose a generational divide within the movement.

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As a teenager growing up in the Midwest, I watched the Southern civil rights movement unfold from a distance. I was in high school in a suburb just outside of Chicago when the Selma to Montgomery march took place and a college student when Dr. King was murdered. Like many Americans, I grew to have enormous admiration for the men and women who were courageously confronting racism and bigotry through non-violence.

An Evening With Andrew Young

May 18, 2016

Join us this Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Civil rights icon Andrew Young will sit down with host Bill Nigut for an intimate conversation about Young's life and work for a live taping of "Two Way Street."