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September 16, 2005


New York, September 16, 2005 – Andrew Young, former Mayor of Atlanta and Ambassador to the United Nations in the Carter administration, will talk about his life and work in a discussion with Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York (CCNY), 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22, 2005. 

The free program, titled “A Conversation with Andrew Young,” will be held in CCNY’s Shepard Hall, Room 95, and is open to the public It is presented by the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at CCNY, the College’s Political Science Department and Finley Center and The City College Chapter of the NAACP. 

Mr. Young, a prominent civil rights activist, was a principal lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was with him when he was assassinated in 1968.  He helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and in 1972 became the first African-American Congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction

President Carter appointed him United Nations Ambassador in 1977 after he had served three terms in the House of Representatives.  Mr. Young resigned that position in 1979 and two years later was elected to the first of two terms as Mayor of Atlanta.

After leaving public office, he served on the board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change, and as president of the National Council of Churches.  Mr. Young co-founded and is Chairman of the global advisory firm GoodWorks International, and chairs the Board of the Drum Major Institute. He is, in addition, a public affairs professor of policy studies at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter; France’s highest civilian honor, the Legion d’Honneur; and more than 45 honorary degrees from such universities as Yale, Notre Dame, Emory and the University of Georgia.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Young is a graduate of HowardUniversity and holds a bachelor of divinity degree from Hartford Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gregory H. Williams

Dr. Gregory H. Williams became the 11th president of The City College of New York in August 2001. Under his leadership, the College has gained increased national recognition, raised academic standards and grown its enrollment.  A university administrator for over 30 years, he came to CCNY from The Ohio State University, where he was Dean of the LawSchool and Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law.  He previously held positions at George Washington University and University of Iowa.

Dr. Williams has published three books including the award-winning “Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black.” This memoir was selected as the 1995 Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and named an “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights” by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America in 1996. Dr. Williams holds five degrees, including a J.D. and a Ph.D. from George Washington University.

About The City College of New York

For 158 years, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality affordable education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Education, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. 

For more information on “A Conversation with Andrew Young,” please call IRADAC at (212) 650-8958.

CCNY is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.