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This Day in Georgia History

November 18, 1978

Andrew Young Awarded Springarn Medal

The NAACP presented its Spingarn Medal to United Nations Ambassador Andrew J. Young “in recognition of the deftness with which he has handled relations between this nation and other countries” and “for his major role in raising the consciousness of American citizens to the significance in world affairs of the massive African continent.” nstituted in 1914, the Spingarn Medal is awarded annually “for the highest or noblest achievement by an American Negro during the preceding year or years.”

To view an image of Andrew Young, see the Digital Library of Georgia.