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April 6, 1995 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Andrew Young to give second annual “Aims of Religion" address Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador, former mayor of Atlanta and current co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, will give the second annual “Aims of Religion” address at the University of Chicago. The address will be given on Monday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Young has spent more than 35 years in public service. Following his graduation from Howard University and Hartford Theological Seminary, he was a pastor in Alabama and Georgia. In 1961, he began work as a top aide to Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. Young was elected to three terms in the U.S. Congress and resigned in 1977 to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Carter. First elected mayor of Atlanta in 1981, Young was re-elected to a second term in 1985. He recently published his spiritual memoirs, “A Way Out of No Way.”

The “Aims of Religion” address provides an opportunity for a prominent individual in theology to consider the roles and purposes of religion, especially within the academic context and the life experience of young adults. Following the address, students in the audience will be invited to gather in small groups to discuss the address with selected faculty members.

Last year’s “Aims of Religion” speaker was author and scholar Cornel West. The address is co-sponsored by the Campus Ministers and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Young’s address is being held in conjunction with a three-day conference at the University of Chicago, “Our God Is Able,” examining the religious dimensions and motivations of the Civil Rights Movement and those who participated in it. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author David J. Garrow, MacArthur Foundation Fellow Bernice Johnson Reagon and former Southern Christian Leadership Conference official Dorothy F. Cotton. The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information on the “Aims of Religion” address or the “Our God Is Able” conference, call 702-7170 or send electronic mail to
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