Mercer University Hosts Andrew Young for Fall 2013 Opening Convocation

On Friday, September 20, Mercer University will host Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta mayor, as the keynote speaker at its opening fall convocation, which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the university's integration.  For the event, Mercer is making a limited number of free tickets available to the general public through the Mercer Box Office.

The 3 p.m. convocation in Willingham Auditorium on the Macon campus will include a performance by the Mercer Singers and a video presentation featuring Mercer's integration trailblazers.

Ambassador Young, an ordained minister and former U.S. congressman, confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through nonviolence. Ambassador Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the civil rights campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A primary goal of the commemoration is to look at how Mercer's integration fit into a larger, national context. This year not only marks the anniversary of the University's integration, but also the anniversary of Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (April 16) and his "I Have a Dream" speech (Aug. 28), as well as the death of civil rights activist Medgar Evers (June 12) and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. (Sept. 15).

Tickets may be picked up at The Grand Opera House box office on Mulberry Street between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at the University Center Box Office on the Mercer campus between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  For more information, please call or visit the locations listed below:

Mercer Box Office Locations

The Grand Opera House
651 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201

The Mercer University Center
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207

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