Ambassador Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and civil rights leader, was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series.
Ambassador Young was born in 1932 in New Orleans. With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he threw himself into the American Civil Rights Movement and fought against racism. He served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and became the first African-American U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter. He later served as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. He has also devoted himself to economic development in Africa.
In the interview, Ambassador Young discusses the spirit of nonviolence and the key to overcoming social divisions. He states, “Humans can’t be a human alone. We nurture humanity through opening our hearts to others and sharing with others. Please don’t forget that we are a group, a family.”
The full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF file. The Culture of Peace series was launched in 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243). The interview was first published in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 11 May 2021.