Minister Andrew Young joined the SCLC in 1960 and was jailed for his participation in the demonstrations in Sema, Alabama and St. Augustine, Florida. He and King became close friends over the years through their shared commitment to activism. Young's passion for righting social injustices lead him to be named one of Martin Luther King's principal lieutenants in the SCLC. Andrew Young was with King when he was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 along with Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy.
After King's murder, Young went on to hold the offices of mayor of Atlanta, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and became the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations. Andrew Young continued his political career until he retired in 1989.