But early May 6, he sent the university a text that he would be unable to speak and was quickly taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Young spent three days at Vanderbilt before being transferred to Emory.
Young’s family immediately said, and he confirmed Monday, that his upcoming events and appearances have been canceled and they are not booking any new ones for a while.
Which can get him a bit antsy for a man who has been deeply involved in either civil rights, Atlanta politics or world affairs for most of his life.
“It is not energy so much as sharing the wisdom and experience. Almost everything going on in the world now, I been through,” Young said. “But I am in the process of asking myself what the Lord wants me to do next. Like the scripture says, ‘I don’t feel no ways tired.”
Former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young celebrated his 85th birthday Saturday night with several thousands of his closest friends, famous and otherwise. The Andrew Young International Leadership Awards event saluting former Vice President Joe Biden Atlanta educator Ron Clark Recording artist and global philanthropist Akon and several other honorees packed Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta Saturday. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed the crowd and said Young was "one of the most extraordinary individuals