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Release date: Dec. 5, 2000
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

Andrew Young Discusses Service and Leadership Monday At Emory

WHO: Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador. The Emory men's a cappella group No Strings Attached will open the event with three vocal arrangements.
WHAT: "An Evening on Service and Leadership," followed by a dessert reception
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11
WHERE: Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Circle, on the Emory campus.
COST: Free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-486-0303 or 404-251-READ. To see a map of campus, go on-line to

For his keynote address during "An Evening on Service and Leadership," Andrew 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." The event is sponsored by Emory READ, Emory University’s children's literacy initiative; the Mu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

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 Clinton cited the program's success in raising the reading level of 70 percent of second and third graders by two grade levels.

Young's leadership in public service and private industry spans the fields of business, government, international affairs and human rights. He has served as co-chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Centennial Olympic Games, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, 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 State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Young, an ordained minister, is president of the National Council of Churches and was appointed by the secretary of defense as a member of the National Security Study Group. He has published two books, "A Way Out of No Way" (Thomas Nelson Publishing) and "An Easy Burden" (Harper Collins).

A top aide to Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, Young was involved in the movement's inception and served as vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He presently serves on the board of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change.

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