Over the course of his career, Dr. Andrew Young worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter, and served both in Congress and as mayor of Atlanta. When he received his honorary degree and addressed the class of 2000, it was his fourth visit to Manchester's campus. In 1968, he accompanied Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke to students about the future of integration. Young delivered his own convocation address in 1971, and in 1978, he was the keynote speaker at the Cordier Auditorium dedication. His first visit to campus, in 1953, was to celebrate May Day with his fiance, Jean Childs, who was crowned May Queen. He credits Jean, his wife of 40 years until her death in 1994, with giving him an understanding of the mission of the nonviolent transformation of society.
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