About the Andrew Young Foundation
The Andrew J. Young Foundation develops programs and strategic partnerships that address the basic human needs of international communities. The Foundation also invest in the development of the next generation of leaders to continue this work by facilitating connections between individuals who are young and old that are committed to solution oriented action on global challenges that will face future generations.
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ATLANTA — One of Atlanta’s most influential leaders was honored Saturday night.
Ambassador Andrew Young’s 85th birthday celebration brought out the best and the brightest in the city. And while everyone was there honor Young, he said he wanted to honor the city of Atlanta itself.
“It’s such a wonderful city,” he said.
Young lit up the red carpet for his birthday celebration, showing the city how to ring in 85.
“No one thought I would live this long,” he said. “When I turned 80, I said let’s wait til 85 to throw a party. I’ll throw another at 100.”
The celebration honored leaders in Atlanta and the difference they have made in the community. But many of the people being honored, including Ron Clark, wanted to talk about the incredible difference Ambassador Young has made.
“I went and asked him for advice and he had no idea who I was and he just invited me into his home,” Clark said.
Others echoed those sentiments regarding his leadership in the city. Young said Saturday night that he wanted to pass the leadership to the next generation.
“I just think we need to have leadership in this city,” he said.
n June 3, 2017, The Andrew J. Young Foundation will present the second biennial Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards and welcome the city of Atlanta and guests from around the world to celebrate the 85thbirthday of its founder and chair, Ambassador Andrew Young. The gala event will be held at the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta.
ABC’s “Black-ish” star, Anthony Anderson will emcee the ceremony that will pay tribute to Ambassador Young for his civic service and contributions to global communities. It will also honor the next generation of leaders from around the world who, in the tradition of Young, are committed to civil and human rights for all.
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“We are thrilled to host the awards program and convene some of today’s most inspiring leaders whose work is having a positive impact on people and communities worldwide” said Carolyn McClain Young, wife of Ambassador Young and vice chair of the Foundation. “My husband’s life shows us how much of a difference a committed individual can make and reminds us we can accomplish great things when we strive together in a noble cause.”
Honorees for the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards will be announced in early May. Award recipients of the inaugural Leadership Awards in 2015 included: Ava DuVernay, Strive Masiyiwa, Alana Shepherd, Lucien Ebata and Warner Williams.
The celebratory affair will feature tribute performances from singer, songwriter, poet and actress, Jill Scott; rapper, musician and actor Wyclef Jean; singer, songwriter Estelle, renowned gospel singer and musician, Anthony Brown and many more world-class artists.
The theme for this year’s event is “Lead Young.” It bridges Young’s leadership path beginning at an early age to his commitment to inspire and develop the next generation of young leaders.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s current programs to preserve civil and human rights and help support and sustain future initiatives.
Leadership Award recipients are:
The evening’s highlights include a number of awards presentations. Biden received the Chairman’s Award, an “honor .. given to an individual whose lifelong leadership has demonstrated excellence in areas that reflect Ambassador Young’s life’s work as Pastor (Community Engagement), Activist (Civil Rights and Civic Participation), U.N. Ambassador (International Humanitarian Initiatives) and Congressman and Mayor of Atlanta (Public Policy and Advocacy).”
- Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland, National Co-Chairs of the Women’s March on Washington
- Education pioneer Ron Clark of Atlanta’s renowned Ron Clark Academy
- Activist, commentator, and Dream Corps founder Van Jones, “for promoting human rights and police accountability and helping young people fill jobs, not jails;”
- Singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Akon, “whose Akon Lighting Africa project is using small-scale solar energy systems and street lights to bring transformational change to communities in Africa whose development has been harmed by lack of electricity.”
“These award recipients exemplify a personal commitment to helping fellow humankind and achieving progress in global communities,” Young said.
The event is sponsored by Delta Airlines, Forbes Africa, Cox Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, and V-103 FM Atlanta. It will be filmed for future broadcast.