JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - He worked next to Doctor Martin Luther King as a trusted advisor in the civil rights movement. Now he's inspiring leaders of tomorrow.
Thursday morning Andrew Young was the guest speaker at the annual Martin Luther King birthday convocation at Jackson State. Young was a key figure in the civil rights movement and a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Young was also elected mayor of Atlanta in 1981, serving an eight year term.
Young's speech focused on his experiences in Mississippi during the civil rights movement. He also encouraged students in the audience to get involved in world economics, to help create ways to bring wealth to the poor, across the state.
"One of the reasons I was able to hook up with Martin Luther King was that in high school they made me learn Margaret Walker Alexander, and so it's very appropriate for us to take this time to celebrate their ministries, their mission and to realize how far we've come and how far we have yet to go," said Young.
The King celebration at Jackson State had to be canceled last month on his birthday, because of the water crisis.
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