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Black History Month: An Evening with Andrew Young

February 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Former UN Ambassador and Congressman Andrew Young.

UNC Greensboro is pleased to host a dialogue between Chancellor Gilliam and the distinguished Reverend Andrew Young – civil rights leader, former Mayor of Atlanta, and former Ambassador to the United Nations – as part of the inaugural International Civil Rights Museum Speaker Series.

The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday, February 8, in the Elliott University Center (EUC) Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m.

Attendees are invited to submit advance questions upon arrival at the entrance to be addressed as part of the conversation. A book signing will follow in the EUC Pre-Function Room; copies of “The Many Lives of Andrew Young” by Ernie Suggs will be available for purchase on site from Scuppernong Books.

Complimentary tickets are available to UNCG students, faculty, staff, and University affiliates. Tickets will become available on Friday, February 3. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis by visiting the Campus Activities and Programs (CAP) Office on the third floor of the EUC with UNCG ID.

Young became active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s, from organizing voter registrations and working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to taking on a negotiator’s role in the campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Young was elected to Congress in 1972 and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to become the U.S.’s first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations. He was elected mayor of Atlanta in 1981 and helped bring the 1996 Olympic Games to the city.

He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion d’Honneur.

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