Ambassador Young To Speak At MLK Freedom Breakfast

Athens, Ga.—Ambassador Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus.

Sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, the MLK Freedom Breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Dream: Justice for All.”

Along with Young’s address, recipients of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award will be recognized at the event, which has averaged more than 600 attendees in recent years. The award highlights the work of local citizens who have made significant efforts to build bridges of unity and understanding as they strive to make King’s dream of equality and justice a reality. Nominations to recognize community members, UGA faculty, staff and students are available at http://t.uga.edu/Vv and are due Oct. 31.

Young has served as an ordained minister, a U.S. Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and was the mayor of Atlanta during the Atlanta Olympic Games. He has worked for civil and human rights and has advocated for investment in Africa through GoodWorks International.

He confronted segregation with Martin Luther King Jr. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972, the first African-American elected from the Deep South since Reconstruction. He served on the Banking and Urban Affairs and Rules Committees, sponsoring legislation that established a U.S. Institute for Peace, the African Development Bank and the Chattahoochee River National Park, while negotiating federal funds for MARTA, the Atlanta highway system and a new international airport for Atlanta. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young to serve as the nation’s first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations, where he negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Young was a leader in the effort to bring the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta. As co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, he oversaw the largest Olympic Games in history in terms of numbers of participating countries, competing athletes and the number of spectators. He was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

Young retired from GoodWorks International LLC, in 2012 after well over a decade of facilitating sustainable economic development in the business sectors of the Caribbean and Africa.

Young has received honorary degrees from more than 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. President Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France awarded him the Legion d’Honneur. He recently received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement award, and in 2011, his portrait became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. President Bill Clinton appointed him founding chair of the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund.

He serves on a number of boards, including: the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Barrick Gold, the United Nations Foundation, the Atlanta Falcons, the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and Morehouse College. “Andrew Young Presents,” the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated series of specials produced by Young through the Andrew J. Young Foundation Inc. is seen in nearly 100 American markets and worldwide through the American Forces Network.

Young is the author of three books: “A Way Out of No Way,” “An Easy Burden” and “Walk in My Shoes.” He is the father of four and the grandfather of eight. Young and his wife, educator and civic leader Carolyn McClain Young, reside in Atlanta.

Tickets for the MLK Freedom Breakfast are $20 and $160 for tables of eight. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. To order tickets, see http://diversity.uga.edu/pdf/MLK_2015_Ticket_FormA.pdf, to pay online by credit card see t.uga/edu/Y6.


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Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Drops Significantly

ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.2 percent. This is a significant drop from the previously released preliminary rate of 7.7 percent in October, which has been revised to 7.6 percent. The rate in November of last year was also 7.6 percent.

“This is the largest monthly rate decrease we have seen in Georgia going all the way back to 1976,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Our rate continues to trend downward as our state’s employers create new jobs and lay off fewer workers. In fact, we had more jobs in November than we’ve had since the beginning of the Great Recession, and our November-to-November job growth was the largest in nine years.”

Employers added 23,400 new jobs in November, pushing the total to 4,192,600, up 0.6 percent from 4,169,200 in October. This is the most jobs in Georgia since December 2007 when there were 4,202,100. Most of the growth came in trade, transportation and warehousing, which gained 16,000 jobs primarily because of holiday hiring. Other sectors showing job gains are local government, 5,100; leisure and hospitality and financial services, 1,600 each; manufacturing, 1,100; education and health services, 1,000; personal and laundry services, 1,000; and information services, 500.

Georgia has added 98,800 jobs since November of last year, up from 4,093,800, a 2.4 percent growth rate. This was the largest over-the-year job growth since November 2005 when 108,900 jobs were created. Private industry accounted for 96 percent of the growth with 95,000 new jobs. The over-the-year job gains were in trade, transportation and warehousing, 29,100; professional and business services, 26,900; leisure and hospitality, 17,500; manufacturing, 7,800; education and health services, 5,800; government, 3,800; construction, 3,200; information services, 3,100; and financial services, 1,100.

“In addition to strong job growth that has made Georgia a leading state in job creation for several months, we saw our total number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in November fall to the lowest point in more than 14 years,” said Butler.

There were 28,465 new claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed in November, the fewest since June 2000 when there were 27,538 claims. The number of claims was down by 4,434, or 13.5 percent, from 32,899 filed in October. The claims were down in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Also, over the year, initial claims were down by 15.7 percent. There were 5,316 fewer claims filed than the 33,781 in November 2013. The over-the-year declines were in the same types of industries as the monthly declines.

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FulCo Cooperative Extension Offers Shopping Suggestions

When the lights go out, many people quickly learn how dependent they are on their stoves and microwaves. How would you prepare your food without electricity? In preparation for a possible outage, Fulton County Cooperative Extension says residents do not have to go hungry during a power failure. They just have to be prepared.

“In the event of a power outage, with proper preparation, residents can prepare meals that do not require cooking,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “The key is to be smart when selecting foods to prepare.”

Listed below is a list of easy foods that University of Georgia experts recommend storing in preparation for winter power failures:

Canned meats. Ham, chicken and turkey are available. Look for them on the same grocery aisle as canned tuna in most stores.

Hard cheeses. Hard cheddar, Swiss, provolone or mozzarella can be kept even without refrigeration for several hours before they lose quality. And don't forget the crackers.

Fruits. Fresh, canned or dried, fruits are healthful and do not have to be cooked.

Vegetables. Fresh veggies are nutritious and do not require cooking.

Peanut butter and jelly. Who doesn't like peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches? And what could be easier to "cook"?

And while at the store, buy things that make powerless cooking work, like a hand-operated can opener.

Contact the Fulton County Cooperative Extension office at 404-332-2400 or visit http://bit.ly/1jtpuBs for more information on cooking without power.


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