Author and advocate to be Georgia Gwinnett College’s spring commencement keynote

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Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, will present the keynote address during Georgia Gwinnett College’s spring Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia. 

Young has led the ACLU of Georgia through an intensive focus on building an organization that could advance criminal justice reform, support immigrant rights, oppose voter suppression and protect voter rights. She developed a strategic expansion that goes beyond ACLU’s traditional litigation work to embrace political action and legislative policy, advocacy, community education and direct action. 

Prior to taking the helm of the Georgia affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an adjunct professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University; served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation; served as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. She also worked with the United Church of Christ on their global mission and advocacy, served as vice president for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and as vice president of the National Black Child Development Institute.

Young is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me; co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young on An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America.  

She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. 

Due to scheduling conflicts, General Gustave F. Perna will no longer be able to serve as the commencement keynote speaker. 

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