Andrew Young highlights Urban League Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Ambassador Andrew Young will be the featured speaker for the 46th Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. Celebrating 46 Years of Service, on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, the luncheon theme is ‘Education: The Framework for Economic Growth’ and begins at 11:30 am. Panelists Mike Krause, Michael T. Nettles and David L. Wright are also on the program.

Keynote speaker Andrew Jackson Young (born March 12, 1932) is a politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as the mayor of Atlanta (1982–90), the Congressman from Georgia’s 5th US congressional district (January 3, 1973–January 29, 1977), and served as the 14th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (January 30, 1977– September 23, 1979) for President Jimmy Carter. He served as president of the National Council of Churches USA, was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since leaving political office in 1989, Young has founded or served in a large number of organizations founded on public policy, political lobbying and international relations, with a special focus on Africa. From 2000 to 2001, Young served as president of the National Council of Churches. In 2003, Young founded the Andrew Young Foundation, an organization meant to support and promote education, health, leadership and human rights in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean.

The National Urban League is an historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C.-based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB-accredited organization, has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10% of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices.

The National Urban League believes that educational opportunity and economic empowerment are inextricably linked. A child that receives an excellent education is better prepared to attend college, enter the workforce and contribute to society. Their vision, to ENSURE every American child is prepared for college, work, and life, guides their work in education policy.

Established in 1968 by a group of local business leaders, the Urban League of Middle Tennessee impacts over 5,000 youth and adults annually through their workforce and youth development programs. Employment resulting from ULMT services returns over three million dollars annually in wages earned by ULMT clients to the economy of Middle Tennessee. The Urban League of Middle Tennessee changes lives by working to support clients in gaining access to the economic mainstream.

For additional information about ticket purchases or event sponsorship, please contact Patricia Stokes at pstokes@urbanleagueofmidtn.org or 615-254-0525 or visit the Urban League website at www.ulmt.org