Executive Director Andrea Young reflects on 60 years of advocating for justice in her home state, just as our organization is marking its own 60th anniversary

Our Executive Director Andrea Young penned an opinion piece this week reflecting on decades of advocating for justice in her home state, as the ACLU of Georgia marks its own 60th anniversary.

“I was a baby when my father Andrew Young began registering Black citizens to vote in Thomasville, Georgia – only to be met by a Ku Klux Klan rally. In elementary school, I integrated an Atlanta private school and my mother Jean Young sent me door-to-door to help register voters in our Mozley Park neighborhood. In 1965, she took me to Selma to march for voting rights,” Young wrote.

She goes on to detail her father’s connection to the ACLU of Georgia, which intervened when the state legislature attempted to redraw his Congressional district, and our organization's continued efforts over decades of work to defend access to the voting booth.

This advocacy work continues to this day. You can read more about it in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution here. You can also support this work and learn more about your civil rights at our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 28. Purchase your tickets here.