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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 May 29 [Box 139, Item 16, Side 2]
Dent, Thomas C.
Topics include: Congressional Campaign, issues, day of first victory, theory, Congressional period and evaluation. Young's first trip to Africa. Learning to play tennis. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s interest in politics.
00:00 – Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. Young continues speaking about the 1972 Congressional campaign, election, and his work in Congress. Young says by the middle of August they had enough votes to stop the bombing in Cambodia and the war began to end. 01:20 – Young was also trying to accomplish something in the area of urban affairs as a means of ending poverty. He was on the Banking and Currency committee. He, Walter Fauntroy, Pete Stark, and Joe Moakley spoke to chairman Wright Patman and created an Urban Mass Transportation subcommittee. 03:10 –Young talks about Patman. He found the best way to approach the Congressmen were as people. 04:20 – Other significant victories in Congress. Minimum wage for domestic workers. Food stamp programs and jobs programs. 05:20 – He became more involved in international affairs through Congress. His work with the churches introduced him to international affairs. His work on the International Finance and International Trade subcommittees involved him deeper. He went to Africa for the first time for a meeting of the World Bank in Kenya with George Shultz. He talks about Shultz. 07:15 – He brought his son Bo [Andrew Young III] to Jamaica on a Congressional trip. He was the youngest ever to travel with a Congressional group. 08:20 – Young talks more about his first trip to Africa. He went to Kenya, stopping in Senegal and flying into Nairobi. He learned how little most members of Congress know about the world. One member from the Midwest asked Jean questions about Africa. 10:30 – He dealt with African economic issues and the question of development. Shultz was sensitive to these subjects. He was Secretary of Labor before he was Secretary of Treasury. He played tennis and influenced Young to play tennis when he realized decisions were being made on the tennis court. His experience playing tennis with French Finance Minister Giscard d'Estaing. Young is now “super careful” playing tennis with others when making calls. 17:10 – Economic issues in Congress. The devaluation of the dollar and how it affected his view of foreign policy when he was at the United Nations. 19:53 – Electoral politics. The week before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, they had a meeting with Hatcher, Harry Belafonte, and John Conyers to discuss using the energy of the Civil Rights Movement and Poor People’s Campaign in politics. King was interested in politics. Ralph Abernathy was not interested in the shift to politics. 22:25 – Young never discussed running for office with King. It was understood that it was not their role to run, but to support others. Young only ran when he could not find others to run. They worked in Cleveland to get Carl Stokes elected mayor. [Recording ends 24:23.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Civil Rights Movement
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 139, Item 16, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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