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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 May 29 [Box 139, Item 16, Side 1]
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 [A woman is also present. Jean Young?]. Young continues to talk about his Congressional Campaigns. He waited for results to come in and could not believe that he had lost [in his first campaign]. He was more anxious in the second election  due to the rain, which he thought would keep black voters away. 05:20 – Young remembers trying to round up voters with a “New Orleans style street parade.” 07:00 – Young returned home to wait for voting results after the polls closed. He went to the headquarters around 9:00pm when returns started coming in. They were projecting him as the winner, though it was close. He took victory in stride. Young looks at the photograph of himself that his opponent cropped and used in an advertisement against him. 10:15 – “Think Young” slogan. They flip through a scrapbook. Young reads an article about quoted excerpts of an interview he had given discussing the Black Panthers which were taken out of context. 12:50 – Young continues to read scrapbook clippings about the 1970 Congressional election. 13:50 – They went to bed that night believing Young had won. At that time there was a 4,000 vote margin. The absentee ballots had not yet been counted, but they kept the same percentage of the absentee ballots. 16:04 – There was a party, but Young just made a victory statement and went home to bed. He went around to the television stations to thank the voters. He also thanked maids and other people at the bus stop at Broad and Marietta, where he had been canvassing. There was a lot of celebration. They cleared up campaign headquarters. 19:15 – The day after the election, after thanking the maids at the bus stop, they then went to Paschal’s for breakfast, where the black politicians gather, to thank everyone. Reporters followed them for a day or two, and then then left for Jamaica with thirty people who had worked on the campaign. They spent the weekend there. 21:10 – Rodney Cook had not expected to lose. Young does not recall having any contact with him after the election, and he does not remember him making a concession speech. 22:39 – Young talks about why he decided to run for Congress and the national impact of his election. [Recording ends 24:17.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 139, Item 16, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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