The Emmys Honors A Civil Rights Icon

February 24, 2011  |  

Better late than never: Former U.S. Ambassador and ex-mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young is being honored by the Emmy Awards for work he did on TV more than 50 years ago. As a young preacher in New York, he would appear often on the CBS television show “Look Up and Live” in the late 50s and early 60s.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said that Young was one of the first blacks with a regular TV presence, the Associated Press reports. Though he is known best for his work during the Civil Rights Movement and the esteemed positions he’s held in government, Young does TV like a pro. He currently hosts the syndicated show “Andrew Young presents.”

He will receive the lifetime achievement award on Friday, presented by former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw. The Emmys have not given out this award since 2005.

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