Andy Young marches during 90th birthday celebration

Andrew Young speaks to a crowd to kick off a peace and reconciliation march in his honor for his 90th birthday. The march Thursday morning is part of several days of celebrations for the former civil rights worker, Georgia congressman, mayor and United Nations Ambassador.   Miguel Martinez for Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Credit: Miguel Martinez for Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Andrew Young speaks to a crowd to kick off a peace and reconciliation march in his honor for his 90th birthday. The march Thursday morning is part of several days of celebrations for the former civil rights worker, Georgia congressman, mayor and United Nations Ambassador. Miguel Martinez for Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Credit: Miguel Martinez for Atlanta Journal Constitution

The 90th birthday of former civil rights worker, Georgia congressman, Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young is being celebrated this week. On Thursday morning, Young spoke to a crowd gathered in Centennial Olympic Park for a march for peace and reconciliation. The march route traveled to Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City, where a statue of Young was to be unveiled. It was one of many events planned for Young to celebrate his birthday on Saturday.

COMING UP

The exhibit “The Many Lives of Andrew Young” at the Millennium Gate Museum will open to the public Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Georgia World Congress Center will host Young’s 90th birthday gala at 6 p.m. to raise money to further the work of the Young Foundation. Tickets are sold out.

COMING IN THE AJC

Saturday’s paper will look at Young’s impact on Atlanta, from an exclusive interview. Sunday’s Living section will feature Young in an essay by staff writer Ernie Suggs, and it will also take look at Young’s latest book.