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Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean and others will honor Ambassador Andrew Young this weekend


A lineup featuring Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Estelle and Anthony Brown will honor the 85th birthday of Ambassador Andrew Young with a mega-celebration on June 3 at Philips Arena.

The event, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, will also spotlight the Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards, which recognizes individuals who promote activism, philanthropy and leadership on a global stage.

The year’s honorees are former Vice President Joe Biden – who will receive the Chairman’s Award – along with CNN commentator and Dream Corps founder Van Jones; singer/rapper Akon, who established the Akon Lighting Africa project; Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland, national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington; and Ron Clark, who created a transformational school that nurtures future leaders.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets starting at $54, can be purchased at or  All proceeds will benefit the Andrew J. Young Foundation’s current programs to preserve civil and human rights and help support and sustain future initiatives.

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The evening’s events will also be streamed on Facebook Live and filmed for TV broadcast at a later date.

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