Former Atlanta Mayor, UN Ambassador Andrew Young talks turning 90

andrew young
Andrew Young turns 90 on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Emil Moffatt/WABE)

Earning even one of the titles Andrew Young has amassed over his career is a life experience few of us ever will know. Pastor. Confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mayor of Atlanta.  Georgia Congressman. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Young turns 90 on Saturday, with honors and celebrations planned all week across the city of Atlanta.

But before the celebrations began, Young sat down with WABE to talk about his work strategizing alongside civil rights leaders like the late Congressman John Lewis, being beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan as Congress debated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and how he feels when people thank him for his years of service.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.