This Day in Black History: Dec. 16, 1976

Andrew Young was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Posted: 12/13/2012 02:50 PM EST
This day in Black History: Dec. 16, 1976 Andrew Young

After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th district of Georgia, President Jimmy Carter nominated Andrew Young to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on Dec. 16, 1976.

Young, born on March 12, 1932, is a politician and human rights activist who served as a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and executive director of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the civil rights movement. 

During his time as ambassador, Young focused on human rights and economic development in Third World countries, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the recognition of Communist Vietnam. He was forced to resign after meeting with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, then considered a terrorist group.

After his term in the U.N. ended, Young served two terms as mayor of Atlanta and currently serves on the board of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change.

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