HONORARY CONFERENCE CHAIR
An Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor, and Civil Rights Leader
Andrew Jackson Young Jr. is an 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 and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr.
Ambassador 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.
Young was responsible for bringing the world to Atlanta as Co-Chairman of the 1996 Olympic Games. As Mayor of Atlanta, he help to expand the Atlanta Airport to international travelers and bring more trade opportunities to the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
The Andrew Young Foundation is focused on the following:
LEMNA: Eradicating malnutrition through an abundant protein source known commonly as duckweed and found throughout the world.
Aquaponics: A fully portable food security solution for the development of sustainable communities in the U.S. and around the world.
COVID-19: A pilot program in Liberia in which the trace mineral selenium is being used to combat coronavirus by strengthening immune systems.
Mississippi River: One of Ambassador Young’s most ambitious visions would solve infrastructure and flooding in much of the U.S., while creating jobs.
Traditional Medicine: Working closely with medical researchers in the U.S. and Senegal, the foundation is on the cutting edge of alternative medical treatments.
Mobile Harbor: A promising solution for port cities which are not equipped to handle larger and larger shipping vessels.