Rev. Andrew Young was a close confidant of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was present when King was assassinated in Memphis. Young ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1970 but continued to be active in the Civil Rights movement. He came to campus to speak as part of DC’s Forum series in November of 1971.
Young held a Q&A session on campus on his arrival, then had dinner in the Union, and at 8:00 PM gave his Forum address entitled, “With Liberty and Justice.” The Forum brochure said he was scheduled to speak in the College Community (now Weaner) Center, but the Defender of November 11 and Crescent-News publicity said his presentation would be in St. John United Church of Christ.
Here is a photo of Young talking with students, which appeared in the Nov. 18, 1971 Defender:
The Defender did not go into a lot of detail about Young’s presentation, but did say that Young advocated for change being made through negotiations. He blamed President Nixon’s administration for not doing more for minority populations, and also talked about inflation and the economy.
After his DC appearance, Young went on to further national prominence when he was elected to Congress, served as Ambassador to the United Nations, and became Mayor of Atlanta.
Link to the Nov. 11, 1971 pre-visit publicity Defender article
Link to the article from November 18, 1971 Defender that reported on Young’s visit