Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership

Scholars in Residence

The Leadership Center identifies and recruits scholars involved in significant research and writing on leadership issues pertinent to the mission of the Center. The Scholars-in-Residence program brings scholars and public intellectuals to the campus, providing them the opportunity for concentrated work on research projects that serve as a resource for instruction, development, publication, and training.

Ambassador Andrew Young and Ms. Andrea Young, Esq. are joined by Dr. Preston King as Scholars in Residence. Each scholar conducts lectures, participates in academic programs, forums and workshops, and serves as a critical resource in their respective areas of expertise.

Dr. Robert Franklin, Jr.

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University (Atlanta). He is a Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University. 

In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012.

Franklin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse in 1975 with a degree in political science and religion and earned an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School (1978). Franklin continued his education at the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in ethics and society, and religion and the social sciences in 1985. He also undertook international study at the University of Durham, UK, as a 1973 Merrill Scholar and English Speaking Union Scholar. His major fields of study included social ethics, psychology, and African American religion. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from Bethune Cookman University, Bates College, University of New England, Centre College, Hampden Sydney College, and Swarthmore College.

Franklin is the author of four books: "Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination" (forthcoming 2020, Orbis Press); "Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities" (2007); "Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis" (1997); and "Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought" (1990). He has co-authored (Don S. Browning, et. al.) a volume titled, "From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate" (2001). He also penned the foreword to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," reprinted by Trinity Forum in 2012. 

Franklin worked with three U.S. Presidents on various initiatives (President Clinton’s “One America” Initiative; President Bush’s “Faith-Based Advisory Committee”; and President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative. Active in a range of organizations, Franklin has served on the boards of the Human Rights Campaign, the Atlanta Falcons Community Advisory Board, the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, the CNN Dialogues Advisory Committee, and NASA’s 100-year Starship Project Advisory Board directed by former astronaut and high school classmate, Dr. Mae Jemison. He also served on the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Public Broadcasting of Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Kappa Boule). He is also a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club; 100 Black Men of Atlanta; the 1999 class of Leadership Atlanta; the Leadership and Sustainability Institute Working Group (of the Open Society Foundation); and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He has served on the boards of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE); the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Executive Committee); the White House HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board; the Atlanta Business League. In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms invited him to serve on the Mayor’s Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust.  In 2000, Mayor Campbell appointed him co-chair of Atlanta 2000, the city’s official coordinating committee for Y2K activities and celebrations.

Franklin is married to Cheryl Goffney Franklin, MD, an OB-GYN physician who earned degrees at Stanford University (B.A.), Columbia University School of Public Health (M.P.H.), and Harvard Medical School (M.D.). He is the father of three children: Imani Renee Franklin; Robert M. Franklin, III, and Julian Michael DeShazier. In 2005, DeShazier graduated from Morehouse College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Franklin has two grandchildren, Dania Elle and Genevieve DeShazier.

Ambassador Andrew Young

For almost half a century, Andrew Young has worked for the social, political, and economic advancement of oppressed people worldwide. He joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1961 as director of the organization's Citizenship Schools, joining veteran activist Septima Clark to teach literacy and leadership skills to rural southern black women and men. Young was an aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. and a thoughtful strategist for some of the most important protests, including the Birmingham campaign and March on Washington in 1963. Young served as executive director of SCLC (1964-1968). He helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

After King's assassination, Young was named executive vice president of SCLC (1968-1970). He moved into politics as the first black Georgian elected to the U.S. Congress since Reconstruction (1972-1976). President Jimmy Carter appointed Young U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1977. With his help, the protection of human rights and economic advancement in underdeveloped countries became U.S foreign policy objectives. Young was forced out of that position in 1979 because he met secretly with the Palestine Liberation Organization representatives to help mediate for peace in the Middle East.

Nonetheless, in 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded Young the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award. Young returned to Georgia and served as mayor of Atlanta for two terms (1981-1990). In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed him to oversee the $100 million Southern Africa Development Fund.

Andrew Jackson Young, son of a dentist and a teacher, grew up in a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood in New Orleans. Early in life, his parents taught him the importance of giving back to the community. Young graduated from Howard University in 1951 and earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut in 1955. He married school teacher Jean Childs in 1954. The two would raise four children together before her death in 1994. Young served as the minister of churches in rural Alabama and Georgia in 1955, then worked for the National Council of Churches in New York (1957-1961). Young is co-founder of GoodWorks International, a consulting group that promotes initiatives to improve conditions in Africa and the Caribbean. He is also a professor at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Young lives in Atlanta with his second wife, Carolyn.

Andrea Young, Esq.

Andrea Young, an accomplished leader and Georgia native, is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Before taking the helm of the ACLU's statewide affiliate in January 2017, Young was an Adjunct Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation, working to preserve and leverage her father's legacy – a former Atlanta mayor, Civil Rights leader, U.S. Congressman, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. In the national legislation arena, Young served as a 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 the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney. She served as Vice President for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, defending a woman's right to reproductive healthcare. As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, 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.

Young is the author of "Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me," co-author of "Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta," and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young to write, edit, and research "An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America."

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. She is married to attorney and art consultant Jerry Thomas. Her daughter Taylor Stanley is a policy advocate in Washington, D.C.

Preston King

Born in Albany, Georgia, Preston King earned a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) from Fisk University, a Master of Science (Mark of Distinction), and a Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Economics (University of London). He lived abroad for nearly forty years and was also educated at the Universities of Vienna, Strasbourg, and Paris.

A distinguished professor of political science and philosophy, Dr. King concurrently holds visiting appointments at Morehouse and the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He is a professor emeritus at Lancaster University. In 2007, he served as a distinguished visiting professor of political science at Fisk University (2006) and at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (2007). Dr. King held chairs at the University of Nairobi (1972-76), the University of New South Wales (1976-86) in Sydney, Australia, and at Lancaster University (1986-2001) in the Lake District, United Kingdom. In addition, he has held visiting professorships at McGill University in Montreal, Australian National University in Canberra, The London School of Economics, l'Institut des Relations Internationales in Yaoundé, Cameroon, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, and Emory University, Atlanta and the Auckland University, New Zealand.

A distinguished scholar and researcher, Dr. King is Chair of the Political Philosophy Research Committee of the International Political Science Association and founder and co-editor of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

A prolific writer, he has authored many books, including "Fear of Power," "The Ideology of Order," "An African Winter," "Toleration," "Federalism and Federation," and "Thinking Past a Problem." He has also edited such books as "The History of Ideas," "The Challenge to Friendship in Modernity," "Trust in Reason," "Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South," and "Friendship in Politics."

Professor King's oeuvre revolves around the theorization of politics, institutionally, logically, and normatively. Out of this has emerged exploration of the increasingly ubiquitous notion of friendship, both in the ancient world and in modern politics and society. King theorizes that liberty is increasingly running into the sands of alienation, anomie, and escalating social tension. He believes ideals of freedom (especially as non-oppression) and entrepreneurialism (as sustained, local, and individual innovation) are indispensable. But he argues that there is no need to shift the post-modern paradigm more energetically in the direction of a friendship society grounded in open discussion, extensive social tolerance, avoidance of dogma, social and environmental care, and more bottom-up (or less top-down) modes of organization generally. Examples of these paradigms are buddy-pairing in schools, extensive one-on-one mentoring for teens, more cooperative enterprises in banking and finance, far more worker representation in service and industry, and a diminished unilateralism in international affairs.

Dr. King is currently working on several projects dealing with violence and nonviolence. King recently published a review of Nussbaum's On Anger; he has also co-authored, with Kipton Jensen, an essay on the "Beloved Community in Martin Luther King, Howard Thurman, and Josiah Royce." Presently, Dr. King is a scholar-in-residence with the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. King is a founding member of SOPHIA, which is a colloquium consortium in Atlanta.