National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. unveils an artful honor for Andrew Young
Thanks to National Portrait Gallery Commission chair Jack Watson, Jr., former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young has a new honor: A permanent portrait hanging in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
On Saturday, the civil rights icon was joined by 200 family members, friends and colleagues as his portrait, an oil on canvas painted by Ross R. Rossin, was unveiled in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Smithsonian's "The Struggle for Justice" series. Asked what he would like museum visitors to learn from the exhibit, Young responded: "I want them to see that I'm one of the pictures that represents an era where America really worked at its best to help all its citizens. And I don't think of that as being me. I think of that being my parents, my teachers. . . all of the people that invested in me."
Of his gift, Watson, Jr. added: "You can't tell the story of the struggle for justice in America without telling the story of Andrew Young."
Guests at the unveiling included: host Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian and former President of Georgia Tech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General; Vernon
Jordan; William Gray; Rodney Slater, former Secretary of Transportation; President of Howard University;
Martin Luther King III; U.S. Rep Sanford Bishop; GA State Rep. Calvin Smyre; Mary Beth Walker, Dean
of the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University, Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor; Hank
and Billye Aaron and Young's wife Carolyn and daughter Andrea.