December 11, 2000
Young to give keynote at service event
By Eric DeSobe & Deb Hammacher
Former United Nations Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young will
deliver the keynote address for An Evening on Service and Leadership,
an event cosponsored by the Office of the President, Emory READ (Emorys
child literacy initiative) and the Mu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the
national leadership honor society. The event will be held tonight, Dec.
11, at 7 p.m. in
For his keynote address, Young will discuss the important connection
between service and leadership, a relationship he embodies as a lifelong
civil rights activist and the current chairman of the Atlanta-based GoodWorks
International, a specialty consulting group for international business,
whose credo is We Do Well By Doing Good.
Emory READ is a campus chapter of the America Reads program, administered
locally by AmeriCorps agency Hands On Atlanta. The campus chapter was
founded three years ago by Emory student Nir Eyal and has grown into the
most popular service group on campus, with more than 200 students serving
as volunteer reading coaches in local elementary schools.
During his Oct. 11 address in Philadelphia marking the anniversary of
AmeriCorps, President Bill Clinton cited the national reading programs
success in raising the reading level of 70 percent of second and third
graders by two grade levels.
Youngs leadership in public service and private industry spans
the fields of business, government, international affairs and human rights.
He has served as cochair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games,
UN ambassador, civil rights leader, three-term U.S. congressman and two-term
mayor of Atlanta.
He currently serves on the boards of directors of several Fortune 500
companies and was appointed by President Clinton as chairman of the $100
million Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund. He also serves as
a public affairs professor of policy studies at Georgia StateUniversitys
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
Young, an ordained minister, is president of the National Council of
Churches and was appointed a member of the National Security Study Group.
He has published two books, A Way Out of No Way and An Easy
A top aide to Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement,
Young was involved in the movements inception and served as vice
president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.He presently
serves on the board of the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-486-0303 or 404-251-READ.