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Andrew Young candidacy collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS806f

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents pertaining to Andrew J. Young's candidacy in the 1972 Georgia Congressional election. These documents include ephemera promoting Young such as mailings, pamphlets, and bumper stickers; materials outlining his political positions; a pamphlet about the general voting process; a biography; a copy of the Andrew Young Campaigner; and a list of voters in favor of and leaning towards Young.


  • 1972, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. (1932- ) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Andrew Jackson Young, Sr. (1896-1980) and Daisy Fuller Young (1902-1989). He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and in 1955 earned a divinity degree from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. Young married Jean Childs (1933-1994) in 1954, and they had four children: Andrea, Paula, Lisa, and Andrew Jackson III. After Childs's death, he married Carolyn McClain (1944- ) in 1996. As a pastor, Young worked in a church in Marion, Alabama; at Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville, Georgia; and at Evergreen Congregational Church in Beachton, Georgia. He also served in the Youth Division of the National Council of Churches in New York City, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, becoming executive director in 1961. In 1961 he moved to Atlanta and started working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); he assisted in the civil rights protest campaigns in Birmingham, Alabama (1963), St. Augustine, Florida (1964), Selma, Alabama (1965), and Atlanta, Georgia (1966). He additionally helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Young was with Dr. King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Administrative/Biographical History

Young unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat in the 1970 Georgia Congressional elections, but was elected in 1972, and reelected in 1974 and 1976. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter (1924- ) appointed Young as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Young was the first African American to receive this appointment, and he remained in the role until 1979, when he was asked to resign after prematurely meeting with Zehdi Terzi, the United Nations representative from the Palestinian Liberation Organization. This controversial meeting became known as the "Andy Young Affair." Two years later, Young successfully ran for mayor of Atlanta, and then was reelected in 1985. His political career ended with an unsuccessful race for governor in 1990. Young additionally directed the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy; served as chairman of the board for the Global Initiative for the Advancement of Nutritional Therapy; served as president of the National Council of Churches; was the public spokesman for Working Families for Walmart; and in 2006, began the Andrew Young Foundation.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2008

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Andrew Young candidacy collection
Meredith Jones
June 2018
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305