Ambassador Andrew Young honored by ERASE Racism
Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew J. Young was honored last night for his life's work of fighting against racism.
Young received the Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award from the Syosset-based organization ERASE Racism. Young worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and made his name as a civil rights leader during the 1960s.
Throughout his career, Young has also served as a congressman, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Organizers of the event say Young was an obvious choice for the award.
"My daddy used to say [racism] is a sickness and you don't get angry with sick people, but you have to figure out how to contain them and change them," Young says.