Ambassador Andrew Young began work in the Civil Rights movement when, as a Protestant minister, he joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960. Instrumental in the fight for desegregation, he became one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest associates and served as executive director of the conference from 1964 to 1970. In 1972, Young was elected the first African-American congressman from Georgia since 1871. He served two terms in the House before joining the Carter Administration as ambassador to the United Nations in 1977. Young served as mayor of Atlanta from 1981 to 1989.