Former Mayor of Atlanta and Congressman from Georgia who was a leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1977 he was appointed Ambassador to the UN by President Jimmy Carter.
He took boxing lessons with his brother before earning a divinity degree from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1955.
While appearing on The Colbert Report in 2008 he revealed that he had actually worked with the host's father in 1969 to mediate a hospital worker's strike.
He married his second wife Carolyn Young in 1996. His parents were Andrew Jackson Young Sr. and Daisy Fuller Young.
He was a friend and supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.