Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Former Ambassador Andrew Young and
Civil Rights Activist Carolyn McKinstry To Speak at
Chamblee Charter High School
Tuesday, March 18th @ 6:00 pm


The community is invited to join Chamblee Charter High School in welcoming former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and civil rights activist Carolyn McKinstry on March 18th, 2014.

Ambassador Andrew Young is our keynote speaker. In 1964, Young became the SCLC’s Executive Director, during which time he helped pen the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Young worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and was present when the Reverend Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Young was the first African-American to represent Georgia in Congress since Reconstruction and  in 1977 he became the first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations.  In 1981 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As two-term Mayor of Atlanta, Young brought the 1988 Democratic National Convention to the city and was instrumental in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta as well.  Andrew Young later served as president of the National Council of Churches. He has authored numerous books, has received more than 45 honorary degrees, and has participated in several films and television shows including Rwanda Rising and The Colbert Report, respectively.  He is a diplomat, pastor and civil rights activist who we are honored to welcome to Chamblee Charter High School.

Mrs. McKinstry will open the program at 6 pm.

Mrs. McKinstry was a teenager on September 15, 1963, when she survived the bombing, by white racists, of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four young friends were killed inside the church. Mrs. McKinstry survived a second bomb explosion that destroyed a large portion of her home in 1964. She was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during the 1963 marches. Finally, in the 2002 trial of Bob Cherry, Mrs. McKinstry gave her testimony as a subpoenaed witness, thereby helping to incarcerate one of three men subsequently convicted of the 1963 church bombing. Mrs. McKinstry has shared her experiences with the History and Discovery Channels, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Life Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous other organizations and academic institutions. Carolyn McKinstry also participated in the Spike Lee HBO Documentary “Four Little Girls”, the Hallmark television movie “Sins of the Father” (as told by the son of convict Bob Cherry), and the HBO Grammy winning  “Children’s March.” Mrs. McKinstry currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, Inc. and has authored the book, "While the World Watched" recounting these historic experiences.

Chamblee Charter High School is located at 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

1 comment:

  1. Dunwoody School Daze, thank-you much for this posting - making us aware us of what should prove to be a very edifying and insightful event presenting two very inspiring, courageous, and iconoclastic Americans.