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andrew-young faceAndrew Young, the politician, diplomat, pastor and civil rights activist who was a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver a keynote address Jan. 19 at Kennesaw State University’s annual King holiday celebration.

The university’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which is coordinated by the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Retention Services, will feature Young’s address and a book signing. It also features a “Day of Impact” on Jan. 18.

The day’s activities include community service projects at Kennesaw Mountain and Must Ministries, as well as an opportunity for area high school students to experience a day in the life of a college student.

Andrew Young has worked for civil and human rights throughout his career and served as a U.S. congressman, United Nations ambassador and mayor of Atlanta. During the Civil Rights era, Young worked alongside King as a key strategist and negotiator in the movement’s Birmingham and Selma campaigns, which resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972, the first African-American elected from the Deep South since Reconstruction. President Jimmy Carter appointed Young to serve as the nation’s first African-American ambassador to the United Nations in 1977. As co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, he oversaw the city’s Centennial Olympic Games. He also has worked to promote investment in Africa through GoodWorks International.

Ambassador Young’s address will happen on Sunday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m., Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center (Doors open at 5:15 p.m.) there will be a book signing immediately following the program in the Student Center, University Rooms.

Interested students and community residents can join in the “Day of Impact” at http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/msrs/day.html

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