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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 (Emory’s 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
Cox Hall.

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 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 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 StateUniversity’s 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 Burden.

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 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.


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