Andrew J. Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, addresses the annual convention of the Rainbow Coalition in Atlanta.
1990 (May 4)
Andrew J. Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, addressed the annual convention of the Rainbow Coalition in Atlanta. The coalition was founded by former Black American Democratic presidential candidate Jesse L. Jackson. In the 1984 Democratic presidential contest, Young publicly opposed Jackson's candidacy and supported his rival former vice-president Walter Mondale. In 1988 Young, citing his role as mayor of the host city of the Democratic National Convention remained neutral. He once called Jackson's presidential ambitions "dangerous." But at the Rainbow Coalition Convention on May 4. 1990, Young drew applause when he described Jackson as the "only person in the Democratic Party who has dared to challenge" the administration of President George Bush. He also said that Jackson had "had the fire in his belly, the dream in his heart. He had the gleam and vision in his eyes." For his part, Jackson said, "Young can win and deserves to win" his current quest for the Democratic nomination as governor of Georgia.