History Speaks

Young_AndrewAndrew Young

MLK's Inner Circle, Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor and Preacher

Monday, February 4th
7:00pm | Hardeman Auditorium 

Reserve Overflow Tickets (Please note: The lecture in the Main Auditorium is sold out.  Overflow seating is available in the Adams Recital Hall with the event live-streamed to that location.)

History Speaks, one of our premier annual events, features leaders who have impacted race and culture in American history. They speak, we get to ask questions, and learn from their incredible experiences.

It is our honor to host Andrew Young, Monday, February 4th at 7:00 pm in Hardeman Auditorium. The lecture is free, but reservation for tickets is required

A Georgia pastor, Young organized voter registration drives, advocated for civil rights, and led "citizenship schools" tutoring African Americans in literacy, organizing and leadership skills. As the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was running the citizenship school program, Young became a member of the organization and began working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Within the SCLC, Young coordinated desegregation efforts throughout the South, including the May 3, 1963 Birmingham, Alabama march against segregation during which participants were attacked by police dogs and pushed back using the force of fire hoses.

SCLC appointed Young executive director where, he helped draw up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On April 4, 1968, Young looked on in horror when a shot popped and he saw King fall onto the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel. 

Young authored three books, A Way Out of No Way, An Easy Burden, and Walk in My Shoes. As an esteemed civil rights activist, Young has received accolades that include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Springarn Medal. Morehouse College named the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership in his honor, and Young has taught at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Past History Speaks guests have included Wheeler Parker Jr., Dr. Terrence Roberts and Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine, as well as Claudette Colvin and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, who led the fight against bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. Colvin was the first person arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus, preceding the Rosa Parks incident by nine months.  History speaks has also hosted John Carlos & Tommie Smith of the 1968 Olympic protest, and Freedom Ride organizer Diane Nash.