(CNN)Here is a look at the life of civil rights activist and former ambassador Andrew Young.
Personal:Birth date: March 12, 1932 Birth place: New Orleans, Louisiana Birth name: Andrew Jackson Young Jr.Father: Andrew Jackson Young, a dentistRead MoreMother: Daisy (Fuller) Young, a teacherMarriages: Carolyn (McClain) Young (April 15, 1996-present); Jean (Childs) Young (June 7, 1954-September 16, 1994, her death) Children: with Jean (Childs) Young: Andrea, Lisa, Paula, Andrew III Education: Attended Dillard University, 1947-1948; Howard University, B.S., Biology, 1951; Hartford Theological Seminary, B.D., 1955Other Facts:Began working with voter registration and voter education projects while working for the National Council of Churches. Young started working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this time.Helped draft both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Made a speech in the House of Representatives supporting President Richard Nixon’s choice of Gerald Ford as vice president. Is the only African-American who voted for Ford’s confirmation.Quote regarding role as UN ambassador, “There is a sense in which the United States Ambassador speaks to the United States, as well as for the United States. I have always seen my role as a thermostat, rather than a thermometer. So I’m going to be actively working…for my own concerns. I have always had people advise me on what to say, but never on what not to say.”Timeline:1955 – Is ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ.