As of Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College's newest graduates will hear from an Atlantan who influenced the world during their commencement ceremony this spring.
Andrew Young, who served as Atlanta's mayor and as the United State's ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to address graduating seniors at the Lawrenceville college's May 17 graduation ceremony.
"Ambassador Young is one of our nation's most inspiring leaders," GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said Monday when announcing the event. "His many public service roles give him a unique perspective on the issues and opportunities facing graduates entering today's global economy. His life demonstrates what a dedicated citizen can do for his community, state and nation. His perspectives are uniquely appropriate for our graduating seniors."
Young began his career as an ordained minister before working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1972, Young was the first African-American elected to Congress from the deep South since Reconstruction. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the nation's first black ambassador to the United Nations.
After spending much of the 1980s as mayor, Young co-chaired the Atlanta Olympic Committee and spent a decade working with GoodWorks International facilitating sustainable economic development in the Caribbean and in the African business sector.