This Day in Black History: Dec. 16, 1977

Andrew Young named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Posted: 12/16/2011 08:23 AM EST
Andrew Young,U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,President Jimmy Carter

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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