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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 June 1 [Box 140, Item 4, Side 1]
Topics include: The Congressional Black Caucus, Walter Fauntroy, leadership in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC], Stoney Cooks' administrative assistant role, the structure of Young's Congressional office and campaign, and comments on the films Montgomery to Memphis and Legacy of a Dream. Contains clips of recordings from Dr. King's speeches and discussion of the Selma march.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. They continue talking about Young's time in Congress, starting with the Christmas party thrown for members of Congress by Gerald Ford when he came into office. Ford met with the Black Caucus, but Young felt the caucus 'blew the opportunity' with a too formal presentation. 01:45 - Young was not pressured to vote for Ford; he followed his own conscience. He had been the best they could get at the time. Certain people did try to pressure him, but he was respected for sticking to his opinion. People in Congress respect you if you work out of your own convictions.03:55 - Young and Walter Fauntroy were close. He was also close to [Ron] Dellums, Charlie Rangel, Barbara Jordan, Yvonne Burke, Parren Mitchell. Congress is casual. Young and John Conyers were close during the Civil Rights Movement and they continued to play tennis.07:00 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was not disorganized. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC] had a strong staff. King pushed for a more collective leadership. Young has no desire to be the leader. He will do his part.09:20 - The role Stoney Cooks plays as Young's administrative assistant. The Congressional office and the United Nations. Cooks earned respect and functioned on the same level as the ambassadors in the United Nations. Young made no distinctions in terms of rank with colleagues.13:10 - Young's Congressional office. He talks about the structure of his office. His staff was Dora McDonald, Kay Jackson, Lila Blake, Carol Muldawer, Ella Mae Brayboy, Fred Bennett, Connie Grice [sic], Tom Offenburger, Anne Holloway, Patsy Fleming, and others including interns. Cooks ran the office.14:55 - Cooks does not like staff meetings; he prefers dealing with people one on one. Shirley was very involved.16:15 - Young describes his relationship with Cooks. He is a major critic in his life.17:22 - A recording of the film Montgomery to Memphis plays.18:45 - Young comments while the film continues to play in the background. He talks about the first speech he made in Birmingham after others in the Movement had been arrested.19:30 - King speaks in the film. 'I Have a Dream.'22:40 - Young comments on King as a 'jazz preacher' as the recording continues.26:20 - Young talks about charisma. He talks about the 'I Have a Dream' speech and King's preparation for it.28:20 - The film plays again. Chicago 1966. Mahalia Jackson.[Recording ends 31:11, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Civil Rights Movement
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 4, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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