Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean and others will honor Ambassador Andrew Young this weekend


A lineup featuring Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Estelle and Anthony Brown will honor the 85th birthday of Ambassador Andrew Young with a mega-celebration on June 3 at Philips Arena.

The event, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, will also spotlight the Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards, which recognizes individuals who promote activism, philanthropy and leadership on a global stage.

The year’s honorees are former Vice President Joe Biden – who will receive the Chairman’s Award – along with CNN commentator and Dream Corps founder Van Jones; singer/rapper Akon, who established the Akon Lighting Africa project; Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland, national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington; and Ron Clark, who created a transformational school that nurtures future leaders.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets starting at $54, can be purchased at or  All proceeds will benefit the Andrew J. Young Foundation’s current programs to preserve civil and human rights and help support and sustain future initiatives.

The evening’s events will also be streamed on Facebook Live and filmed for TV broadcast at a later date.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on, and she remembers...