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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 June 2 [Box 140, Item 5, Side 1]
Topics include: Young's Congressional period, Nixon's Southern strategy, tennis, and South African trip with Arthur Ashe, Bob Green, and the Selma Movement. Young talks about how he talked to policemen during the Civil Rights Movement.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. They discuss Young's Congressional period. Nixon's Southern Strategy. Despite support for Republicans in the South, Young saw the possibilities for [Jimmy] Carter and other Democrats with a push for black voter registration. Young ran [for Congress] to show that the best of the South, both black and white, could be brought together. He perceived himself as a 'South-wide Congressman.'02:25 - Other key black people in politics. Walter Fauntroy was the main person willing to work outside his district. They contributed to the election of Harold Ford [Sr.]. Part of their strategy was to work with moderate whites in the South against right wing Republicans and to educate voters about key topics.05:10 - They spent time in the Carolinas working to elect moderate whites to Congress. Gillis Long, Charlie Rose, and John Jenrette (who was later convicted of taking a bribe in the Abscam scandal). There were others for whom they wrote letters of endorsement and other quiet support.08:05 - Tennis. Young turned forty and was elected to Congress. He used to jog and play basketball. Kids in Washington D.C. played harder. He looked for a different type of exercise. Whitney Young had recently died and Andrew Young felt the importance of staying physically fit.11:55 - Young was still running, but not as much. He felt vulnerable when jogging, especially after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.14:00 - Young saw that Bill Cosby gave up basketball and took up tennis when he turned forty. Young went to Jamaica with George Shultz in April 1973 and found that decisions were made on the tennis court. He decided to take up tennis. Tom Mackey from his staff played, as did Connie and some members of Congress.16:15 - He played tennis as Washington Park in Atlanta. He took lessons with pro Branch Curington and played with kids at the park. Duke, Tony Stone, Wayne Hood, and others.18:59 - Young's brother Walter started playing tennis too. After their son Bo was born, Jean [Young] and Sonia started taking lessons. Walter decided to build a tennis court. For their twentieth anniversary, Young and Jean took a tennis vacation to Hilton Head and observed an older couple still playing tennis.22:18 - Meeting tennis player Arthur Ashe. Young had met him once before. Ashe wrote to him about taking a trip to South Africa. Young thought Ashe playing tennis there could mean a lot to young black South Africans. He remembers what seeing Joe Louis box meant to him as a child.[Recording ends 24:11, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
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Box 140, Item 5, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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