Levin College Forum

The Making of Modern Atlanta
Featuring Andrea Young


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:00pm -6:00pm

Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

About the Forum

Join us as we explore The Making of Modern Atlanta with author Andrea Young. The film tells the story of the decisions that shaped Atlanta's growth from a small, provincial Deep South city to an international metropolis impacting and influencing global affairs. Atlanta provides a unique case study for an alternative vision of the relationships among leaders in corporations, government, and communities. How have the decisions and choices that were made in Atlanta differ from those of Cleveland and what has that meant for the trajectory of both communities.

About Andrea Young

Andrea Young, an accomplished leader and Georgia native, is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Prior to taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an Adjunct Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation working to preserve and leverage the legacy of her father – a former Atlanta mayor, Civil Rights leader, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. In the arena of national legislation, Young served as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy contributing to significant civil rights and international policy including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation. She later worked with the United Church of Christ in global mission and advocacy, returning to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney. She served as Vice President for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, defending a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare. As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, Young led a school readiness initiative that increased local investments in early care and education and led to a commitment to universal pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC.

Young is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me; co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in writing, editing and researching An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America.


This forum event is sponsored by the Walter B. Waetjen Lecture Fund.