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Moravian College will host a timely lecture featuring Ambassador Andrew Young, entitled, "The New American Century: Leadership in the Global Community." on Wednesday, October 6, at 8:00 p.m. The program, part of the Cohen Arts and Lecture Series, will be held will be held in Johnston Hall at Moravian College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The lecture by Ambassador Young focusing on America's role in the new millennium will include an interactive question and answer period.
Andrew Young has spent more than 40 years in public service. Following his graduation from Howard University and Hartford Theological Seminary, Young pastored small Congregational churches in Marion, Alabama, and in Thomasville and Beachton, Georgia. Later Young moved to New York City to become Associate Director of the Department of Youth Work for the National Council of Churches. In 1961, Young returned to Atlanta to work as a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. He served as Executive Vice President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Young was elected to three terms in the United States Congress where he represented the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia. In 1977, Young resigned his seat in the House of Representatives to become United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.
First elected Mayor of Atlanta in 1981, Young was re-elected for a second term in 1985. During his administration, over half a million jobs were created, and the metropolitan region attracted more than $70 billion dollars in private investment and construction.
Following his terms as mayor, Young joined Law Companies Group, Inc. one of the most respected engineering and environmental consulting companies in the world. Young served as Chairman of its subsidiary, Law International, Inc. until February 1993 when he was appointed Vice Chairman of Law Companies Group.
As a result of Young's visibility in both the national and international arenas, he played an instrumental role in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta. Currently, he serves as Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Recently, President Clinton appointed Young Chairman of the new Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (SAEDF). This $100 million fund will help establish small and medium size businesses throughout Southern Africa.
Young is a member of numerous boards, including: Delta Airlines, Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, Host Marriott Corporation, the Howard University Board of Trustees, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Board of Directors, the Global Infrastructure Fund, and the Center for Global Partnership.
Young has received many awards during his career: The Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award; the Legion d'Honneur (France); and more than 45 honorary degrees from Universities such as Notre Dame, Yale, Morehouse and Emory.
Andrew Young's appearance marks the 16th anniversary of the Cohen series at Moravian College. In past years, the series has brought to Bethlehem such notables as James Carville and John Sununu, the New York Philomusica, former President Jimmy Carter, author Kurt Vonnegut, former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
The Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College was established in 1984 by Bernard and Bertha Cohen, who were active in Bethlehem business and community affairs until their 1976 relocation to Boca Raton, Florida. Bertha Cohen is a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college’s board of trustees. Bernard Cohen is a member of the Lehigh University class of 1936.
Tickets for the lecture are $10 and available at the HUB desk in the Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and West Locust streets. For ticket information, call (610) 861-1491. Proceeds from the performance benefit the Moravian College Scholarship Fund.