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October 9th, 2008
Andrew Young to speak as part of Common Experience at Texas State

SAN MARCOS – Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young will deliver a free public lecture at Texas State University-San Marcos at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The lecture will take place at the outdoor mall of the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State campus. Attendees may bring lawn chairs and arrive early for the event.

Young is currently chairman of GoodWorks International. A noted civil rights activist, he served as a U.S. Congressman from 1973 to 1977 and as mayor of Atlanta from 1982 to 1990.

Young will speak about “The National Voting Rights Act of 1965 and President Lyndon B. Johnson.” The event is part of this year’s Common Experience at Texas State, which carries the theme “Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ.” It focuses on Johnson’s devotion to public service and his contributions that continue to impact American society.

Johnson, the 32nd President of the United States, is the university’s most famous alumnus. Texas State remains the only Texas college to have graduated a U.S. president.

The Texas State Common Experience is a year-long initiative designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation across campus, to enhance student participation in the intellectual life of the campus and to foster a sense of community.

Previous Common Experience speakers have included Maya Angelou, Spike Lee, Isabel Allende and Erin Brokovich.

For more information about this event and other Common Experience events, visit or contact Common Experience co-chairs Pam Wuestenberg at (512) 245-7952 or and Nico Schuler at (512) 245-3395 or

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11 thoughts on “Andrew Young to speak as part of Common Experience at Texas State

  1. Andrew Young long ago turned into a cash carnivore, fronting for Africa’s tyrants in corporate board rooms and
    congressional offices. Once an idealist and aide to Martin Luther King Jr., he began to be a cynic-supporter for the terrorizers of the world when he picked the cause of Yassir Arafat, long before Jimmy Carter did.

    He defends Robert Mugabe, the cruel president of Zimbabwe, who killed tens of thousands of people. He has destroyed a beautiful country and inflicted untold suffering on his people. He has so mismanaged the economy that the country’s inflation rate is over 100,000 percent – the world’s highest. He has expelled the productive people from the country. Others have fled. He has given choice land and accommodations to his family of thugs.

    Congratulations Texas State for inviting one of the original “community organizers” to our town.

  2. RB you are full of bull…. your blatant racism is sad.
    Andrew Young is one of the finest Christian leaders this country has ever produced! And his work over the years demonstrates a life guided by the Gospels! If all of us would strive to live our lives like he has, the world would be a better place.

  3. RB, judge Andrew Young by the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John… then perhaps you will be enlightened to what a fine man he is and the great example he has provided with his life’s work. FYI, those books I mentioned are in the Bible in case you haven’t read it.

  4. David,
    Point to one thing I said that’s racist. Or admit that you are using that accusation to try to cudgel me into silence.

  5. In 1978, Ambassador Andrew Young described Robert Mugabe in an interview with the Times of London.

    “Does Mr. Mugabe strike you as a violent man?” the Times reporter asked. “Not at all, he’s a very gentle man,” Young replied. “In fact, one of the ironies of the whole struggle is that I can’t imagine Joshua Nkomo, or Robert Mugabe, ever pulling the trigger on a gun to kill anyone. I doubt that they ever have.”

    AmbassadorYoung could barely contain his brimming admiration for the newest “liberator” of Africa’s oppressed: “I find that I am fascinated by his intelligence, by his dedication. The only thing that frustrates me about Robert Mugabe is that he is so damned incorruptible.”

    Andrew Young knew better. During the 1970s, as Mugabe competed with his sometime ally and former mentor Joshua Nkomo for primacy in the “liberation” movement in Rhodesia, he proudly identified himself as a Maoist and proved himself one of the most ruthless terrorist leaders. His Chinese-sponsored ZANU-PF guerrillas, operating out of the neighboring communist regimes in Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola, terrorized black villages, and tortured and killed opponents.

    This was all well known not only to Andrew Young but to other pillars in the American foreign policy establishment who were promoting Mugabe as the “gentle,” “incorruptible” savior of Rhodesia. Foreign Affairs, from whence came Mr. Young’s quote at the beginning of this article, is, of course, the house journal of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), arguably the most influential “brain trust” in the world. The council, of which Young was a prominent member, had promoted Mugabe in its literature and had hosted him as an honored speaker during his long terror campaign to take control of Rhodesia. David Rockefeller, chairman of the CFR during that period, called Mugabe a “very reasonable and charming person.” Likewise, the New York Times, Washington Post, and virtually all the rest of the major print and broadcast media choir had persistently sung his praises, ignoring his well-documented record of atrocities against civilian men, women, and children–black and white.

    But in the past few years, Mugabe’s erstwhile supporters have been forced to acknowledge that he is the brutal communist dictator that his critics had exposed him as more than 30 years ago. He has bathed Zimbabwe in blood, turned it into a police state, and ruined what was previously one of the most prosperous economies in Africa. Finally, the former darling of the Liberal Establishment has been repudiated by virtually all except Communist China and his fellow African Marxist despots.


  6. Young was forced to resign from the Carter Administration when it became known that he had violated a State Department rule by talking with Arafat’s diplomat at the U.N.

    At one point he was hired to help Wal-Mart Stores Inc. improve its public image, but had to step down from his position as head of an outside support group after comments HE made to a newspaper that many felt were racially offensive.

    In an interview, Young was asked whether he was concerned that Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close. His response?

    “Well, I think they should; they ran the ‘mom and pop’ stores out of my neighborhood. But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they’ve ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it’s Arabs; very few black people own these stores.”

  7. And another thing. This Goodworks International that Andrew Young founded?

    Nike was GoodWorks’s first big client, at the time being accused of labor abuse in Asia. This was a public relations problem, and the world’s largest sneaker company did what it does best: it purchased a celebrity endorsement. Andrew Young was happy to oblige.

    Young’s firm published a seventy-five-page, full-color report on Nike’s Asian operations. Young concluded, “no evidence or pattern of widespread or systematic abuse or mistreatment of workers” in the operations he examined. GoodWorks packed the report with photographs – many taken by Young himself – of smiling workers playing a guitar on their break and relaxing around a television in their dorm.

    The report listed consultants who were never consulted and includes photos of union representatives who, it turns out, were not union officials. Young deliberately avoided the most obvious and controversial question–whether Nike paid its employees fair wages–and, when gathering testimony, he relied almost exclusively on translators employed by the Nike factories.

    Good thing the accounting firm Ernst and Young decided to check conditions themselves in some of the same locations. They detailed the unsafe, inhuman and abysmal conditions. This report, promptly leaked by a gutsy company insider with a human conscience flatly contradicted Andy Young’s lies.

  8. RB, I suppose you’d be happier in Russia where Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Assemble do not exist? If you hate Andrew Young so bad, just stay home and watch TV reruns.
    Just cause YOU disagree with him, doesn’t mean others can’t be allowed to hear him speak—unless you suddenly became the “supreme speech ruler” without the rest of us knowing.

  9. Janet, you can listen to him all you want. I never suggested that you shouldn’t. Read what you typed and consider the insinuations you leveled against me. It’s still a free country, so go listen. But now you know the record of the speaker. So as you listen, you will hear the crunching bones of all those murdered people in Zimbabwe and try to imagine how much each one was worth in contracts to Andrew Young.

  10. I worked at Atlanta’s City Hall while Andy Young was Mayor. He did some good things and was sometimes too tolerant of corruption and incompetence. I still admored him for his talents and accomplishments.

    That is why I am so disappointed in his decision to become Robert Mugabe’s Bathtub Squeeze Toy.

    It is time for Andy to stand up and stop squeaking.

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