This Day in Black History: Dec. 16, 1977

This Day in Black History: Dec. 16, 1977

Andrew Young becomes first African-American to be named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Published December 16, 2011

President Jimmy Carter named Andrew Young Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to the United Nations. He became the first African-American to hold the position. Young rose to national prominence as a leader in the civil rights struggle in the 1960s.

 

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Written by Britt Middleton

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