Photo credits: National Archives & Records Administration/NAACP
Andrew Young (pictured) is a Black American politician, diplomat, and activist.
Beginning his career as a pastor, Young was an early leader in the civil rights movement, serving as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and a close confidant to the legendary icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On November 18, 1978, the NAACP presented Young with the Spingarm Medal for his great works as a global ambassador. His diplomatic efforts were extended to Africa and he played a key role in raising American awareness about the Motherland.
Since leaving political office, Young has founded or served in many organizations working on issues of public policy and political lobbying.
*BlackThen.com writer and historian Victor Trammell edited and contributed to this report.