Ambassador Andrew Young visits Nashville for screening and program with Robert Kennedy, Jr.

(l-r) Ambassador Andrew Young and Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Ambassador Andrew Young will be present for a screening and discussion of a new film on Wednesday, April 18 and then will join Robert Kennedy, Jr. at a luncheon the next day. The International Black Film Festival presents the screening of the highly acclaimed documentary film, “Andrew Young’s Making of Modern Atlanta” by director Andrea Young on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m at The Woolworth’s on 5th. Ambassador Andrew Young shares how he and other key leaders strategically and intentionally pioneered Atlanta’s growth from a small, provincial Deep South city to an international metropolis impacting and influencing global affairs.

“Andrew Young’s Making of Modern Atlanta” documentary is infused with compelling personal reflections and stories of famous Atlantans, as well as those who worked in neighborhoods and behind the scenes to create the great city that Atlanta is today. The scores of influential Atlanta leaders interviewed for the documentary shared their stories, memories and reflections including how Atlanta evolved as an important political, cultural and economic model for cities around the U.S. and the world. The film highlights many of the key players in the city’s last half century including William Hartsfield, Ivan Allen and Maynard H. Jackson. All of these voices help to expand understanding of the history of the “Atlanta Way” and the continuing power and resolve of the fairness principal.

Today, Woolworth on 5th, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, pays homage to its role in that era with a newly revitalized restaurant and event space. Join The International Black Film Festival, Woolworth on 5th and the Tennessee Riverkeeper for a special Q&A following the film screening with Ambassador Andrew Young, his daughter Andrea Young, and documentarians Andre Jones and Graylian Young. The Q&A will be moderated by Karla Winfrey, as part of the historical two-day event designed to takes us “Beyond The Counter”.

Beyond The Counter represents a series of powerful discussions on issues of civil rights, economic empowerment and development and environmental rights. Woolworth’s is known as a key historical landmark for some our nation’s most memorable civil rights events. The sit in movements of the 1960’s, that took place at Woolworth lunch counters across the country, helped to change the moral compass of a racially divided nation.

The next day, Thursday, April 19, Tennessee Riverkeeper, Woolworth on 5th and The International Black Film Festival continue this historic two-day event with an intimate discussion with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , Environmental Attorney and Activist, and Ambassador Andrew Young, Civil Rights Leader, at 11:00 a.m., moderated by John Michael Seigenthaller and Karla Winfrey. The legacy of the civil rights movement draws a strong historical connection between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., (born January 17, 1954) son of Robert F. Kennedy, is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist. Kennedy serves as President of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit enviro-nmental group which he helped found in 1999. He is the chairman of World Mercury Project (WMP), an advocacy group that seeks to reduce and eliminate mercury exposure from industry and pharmaceuticals such as vaccines.

Kennedy served from 1986 until 2017 as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental organization. He served from 1984 until 2017 as board member and chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper. For over thirty years Kennedy has been a professor of Environmental Law at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. Until August 2017, he also held the post as supervising attorney and co-director of Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic, which he founded in 1987. He is currently professor emeritus at Pace. Kennedy co-hosts Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated American radio program, and has written or edited ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers and three children’s books.

For almost half a century, Andrew Young has worked for the social, political and economic advancement of oppressed people around the world. He joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1961 as director of the organization’s Citizenship Schools, joining veteran activist Septima Clark to teach literacy and leadership skills to rural southern black women and men.

Present at the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Young was an aide to King and a thoughtful strategist for some of the most important protests, including the Birmingham campaign and the 1963 March on Washington. Young served as executive director of SCLC from1964-1968, and helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded Young the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award. Young served as mayor of Atlanta for two terms (1981-1990). In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed him to oversee the $100 million Southern Africa Development Fund.

Young is co-founder of GoodWorks International, a consulting group that promotes initiatives to improve conditions in Africa and the Caribbean. He is also a professor in the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and now lives in Atlanta, Ga.