After a lifetime devoted to civil rights, humanitarianism, freedom and justice – both nationally and internationally – Andrew Young’s face found a permanent home in the Smithsonian National Portrait gallery Sunday.

“The National Portrait Gallery, as it was set up by Congress, was intended to recognize Americans who have made a difference, in the life of our nation and in the lives of other Americans … pieces are presented through paintings, sculptures, photographs and new media that really say something about each of the individuals inducted,” said National Portrait Gallery Director Martin Sullivan.

Young said that when he saw his portrait for the first time, he never anticipated that the rest of the world would see it as well. This opportunity was birthed from relationships past and present. The portrait was donated by Young’s longtime friend, Jack Watson Jr.

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