Mayor, Library Celebrate Young Papers Opening

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    funding for the ports in Savannah.  $70 million, Reed interjected. He noted Reed’s relationship with President Barack Obama, which predates Obama’s election as president, is helping the entire state.

    “Atlanta mayors have always had enough vision for Georgia, even when it has not been the other way around,” Young said.

    ANDREW YOUNG/KASIM REED CONVERSATION NOTES

    ANDREA YOUNG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

    ANDREW YOUNG FOUNDATION

    In introducing the conversation between Mayor Kasim Reed and Ambassador Andrew Young to celebrate the opening of the papers, Andrea Young introduced the other members of the Young’s family, including his wife Carolyn, other daughter Lisa Young Alston and son Andrew “Bo” Young III. Third daughter Paula Young Shelton, who lives in Washington D.C., was not present.

    “The family has scarified a fair amount of privacy,” daughter Andrea said. “During his life’s work we have seen Atlanta transform from a segregated regional city to an integrated international city. . . . And the election of Mayor Reed is what can happen when we have this kind of transformation. Our mayor is one of the fruits of that labor.”

    BAD BOYS

    I always tell teachers that the one you’re having the most trouble with is the ne you’re going to have to look up to one day. . . I gave my teachers hell. Young said. “So did I,” said Reed.

    MORE ON BAD BOYS

    When you’re young, they call it Attention Deficit Disorder. When you get to be mayor, they call it multi-tasking.

    YOUNG ON THE INFLUENCE OF THEIR WIVES

    I always tell my children that I loved your mama and your mama love me. We didn’t have cell phones so we had to write letters. Coretta had some letters that she didn’t want to share until after her death, but there is nothing in those letters but love; nothing but confidence and support. We would not be in that movement if we had not married those women from Marion, AL. Their experiences as youth had made them far more committed to changing society that we were. Martin and I had a good life. I was the son of a dentist in New Orleans and Martin was the son of a preacher in Atlanta. Coretta and Jean caught hell. Their families caught hell. They were both sent away to college by Quakers where they were taught nonviolence and social justice. Coretta went to Antioch and Jean went to Manchester.

    1996 SUMMER OLYMPICS

    Reed asked Young to talk about his role in Atlanta obtaining the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996. Young said Billy Payne came to see him  and he used his contacts in Africa

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