BCRI to present Andrew Young with Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award

Former UN ambassador Andrew Young addresses the congregation at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. The church held a ceremony honoring the memory of the four young girls who were killed by a bomb placed outside the church 50 years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Former UN ambassador Andrew Young addresses the congregation at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. The church held a ceremony honoring the memory of the four young girls who were killed by a bomb placed outside the church 50 years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will give its highest honor to former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young.

Young will receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award for his dedication to civil and human rights causes around the world.

Throughout Young’s career he has served the public as a member of Congress, a UN Ambassador, mayor and with his work in Africa working alongside GoodWorks International.

Young also stood with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement, and he worked tirelessly for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

His award will be presented in November.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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