Young will speak at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Plant Drive. The annual celebration to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the University’s Multicultural Student Center.
Andrew Young has led a lifetime of public service to improve human and civil rights around the world. He has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Congressman and Atlanta Mayor. He is a best-selling author and an Emmy-nominated television show producer of “Andrew Young Presents” through the Andrew Young Foundation which works to end racism, war and poverty.
Dorsey Baldwin, the director of Georgia Southern’s Multicultural Student Center, said “Our students were drawn to his significance in the civil rights era of Dr. King, and they made Andrew Young their choice to serve as this year’s speaker. Since Andrew Young has an amazing body of work in civil rights along with his success in the public sector and politics, he has an inspiring story to share.”
This is a free event, and tickets will not be distributed; however, seating is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:45 p.m.
There will be a new addition to this year’s MLK Celebration. Georgia Southern students will participate in an essay contest that will focus on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “This will be an evening for our students, faculty, staff and community to hear about the civil rights movement firsthand from someone who made history,” said Baldwin.