October 27, 1981 – Andrew Young Elected Atlanta Mayor
On October 27, 1981, Andrew Young was elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia defeating Sidney Marcus by 55.1% to 44.8% of the Atlanta vote. Young served eight years as mayor from January of 1982 to January of 1990.
Rev. Andrew Young is also a pastor, civil rights leader, former Georgia, Congressman from Georgia, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations under the Jimmy Carter Presidential administration. He was a close ally and Chief Lieutenant of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Young served as the Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and President of the National Council of Churches USA. Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on May 12, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana.