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Andrea Young

Andrea Young

Andrea Young is the Executive Director of the Andrew Young Foundation and a Scholar-in-Residence at Morehouse College.  The Foundation works to communicate possibilities through the Emmy-winning Andrew Young Presents documentary series and promotes the development of leaders for public purpose, through its work with schools and organizations. At Morehouse, she co-teaches a course, Social and Political Change in the 20th Century  with Ambassador Andrew Young.   

She served as the Senior Program Officer for the Southern Education Foundation and specialized in the impact of quality preschool on educational excellence and equity in the South.  As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, Ms. Young led a school readiness initiative that increased local investments in early care and education and led to a commitment to universal pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC.

Ms. Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. In the arena of national legislation, Ms. Young served as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy contributing to significant civil rights and international policy including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation. She later worked with the United Church of Christ in global mission and advocacy, returning to Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney.

Ms. Young is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me and assisted former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in writing his memoir of the civil rights movement An Easy Burden:  Civil Rights and the Transformation of America.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies, Georgia State University; a board member of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Nutrition Plus.  She is a member of Leadership Atlanta, the Links, Inc. and the First Congregational Church. She has performed volunteer service for Operation Hope, the Collective Renaissance Guild, the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA and the Jean Childs Young Middle School. She has received a number of awards for her advocacy work.

Ms. Young is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.  Her daughter Taylor Stanley is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"A Dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope."

Howard Thurman

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is not what you keep, but what you give that makes you happy."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we face the unpredictable future, have faith that man and God will assist us all the way."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."

Howard Thurman

"Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for the least of these."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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