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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 May 31 [Box 140, Item 2, Side 2]
Topics include: Birmingham (Alabama) Movement. Congressional period and how Congress works, particulary the various Congressional groups in which he was involved: the Civil Rights coalition, large freshman class, Black Caucus, Georgia Delegation, Congressional Prayer Breakfast, Gym Fellowship, and [Richard] Bowling Group. The Rules Committee and the Banking Committee. Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon, support of Gerald Ford.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. They continue discussing Young's time in Congress. He talks about some of the things he accomplished with the Black Caucus. He spoke at a J.P. Stevens plant with Joe Gatiss about the right to organize. He worked with Septima Clark on a medical center named for Esau Jenkins.02:00 - Working with Charlie Rose and 'good guys' in the South. Gillis Long. Working with black people from all over the country on federal procurement. Getting more black people in the military.04:30 - Another Congressional group in which Young was involved was the [Richard] Bowling Group. Bowling had a group that met once a week for coffee in Gillis Long's office. They discussed what was going on in the entire Congress, not just in their own independent groups. Through that group, he decided to make a bid to join the Rules Committee in his second term.07:57 - Young talks more about the work he did on the Banking Committee, including international trade and finance. Some projects he completed included getting money for the Atlanta airport and a new highway. An Urban Homesteads act. 12:20 - Young talks about Watergate. He was not that involved. He disagreed with President Richard Nixon, but was trained to attack issues, not people through his work in the Civil Rights Movement. Bella Abzug thought he should be more involved with the impeachment movement, but he did not see leadership as his role. He did predict that Nixon would be impeached.16:20 - Young had met Gerald Ford a few times and supported him, although his first choice for Vice President would have been [William Warren] Scranton or George Bush. He thought Ford would be a stabilizing influence. 20:49 - His only contact with Nixon was before he entered Congress when he had been on the Committee to Reorganize Government. 22:17 - The first time Young was invited to the White House was after Ford became president. He invited the whole Congress to a joyous Christmas party in 1974. [Recording ends 24:25.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Civil Rights Movement
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 2, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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