Oxford Brookes welcomes Ambassador Andrew Young to bring Black History Month 2021 events to a close

Politician, diplomat and activist Ambassador Andrew Young, will be delivering an online public lecture to conclude the University’s celebration of Black History Month 2021.

Beginning his career as a pastor, Ambassador Young became an early and prominent leader in the civil rights movement in the USA, and was a close confidante to the late Martin Luther King Jr. 

In the decades since, he has built a remarkable legacy as a civic activist, elected official, ambassador, social entrepreneur, and adviser to presidents. He previously served as a member of Congress, was elected the 55th Mayor of Atlanta and appointed as the 14th US Ambassador to the United Nations – the first African American to hold this position. 

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience at Oxford Brookes University, said: “It is an honour to be able to welcome Ambassador Andrew Young, an esteemed world leader in the civil rights movement, to speak as part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month. 

“Ambassador Young is a true inspiration in his dedication to fighting for equality, and has hugely advanced civil rights across the globe. To hear from Ambassador Young will be a remarkable way to conclude our Black History Month celebrations.”

Nina Epelle, Chair of the BAME staff network at Oxford Brookes University, said: “We are proud and privileged to have this opportunity to hear insights from Ambassador Young. These lessons from his experiences marching shoulder to shoulder with Martin Luther King Jr and drawing parallels between the American Civil Rights Movement and the more recent BLM movement are important to guide and inform us today. 

“This is a huge and rare opportunity that we hope everyone, staff, students and our external communities alike, will all benefit from.”

You can find out more about his life here, and pre-questions should be submitted to: info-bamestaff@brookes.ac.uk.

You can register to join the free, online lecture here.