85th birthday celebration held for Ambassador Andrew Young - CBS46 News

85th birthday celebration held for Ambassador Andrew Young

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Andrew Young, a former Atlanta mayor and ambassador to the United Nations, celebrated his 85th birthday June 3 in conjunction with the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards.

The awards gala and birthday bash was hosted by Anthony Anderson with performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Estelle and Anthony Brown.

“Changing the world happens one step at a time, through acts of leadership and courage,” said Ambassador Young. “It is the work of generations, with progress made possible by those who pass on the lessons learned from both successes and setbacks, and most importantly, the necessary knowledge that positive change is indeed possible.” 

The theme of this year's awards ceremony is "Lead Young," highlighting the Foundation's commitment to supporting and developing emerging leaders and their ideas.

The gala was held at Phillips Arena June 3.

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