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Andrew Young to Speak in Austin


Andrew Young was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta, to name just a few of his titles. 

Tonight at 6, Young will be giving a lecture at the LBJ Auditorium on Red River. The event is free and open to the public.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier spoke with Young today about cities that, like Austin, are addressing the legacy of segregation.

You can’t segregate a city by council districts. I didn’t get along well with my city council, because I would not let them make me make deals, “I’ll support you on this district” -- I said, no, we all represent the same city, and if it’s not good for all of us, let’s don’t do it. But let’s find a way, if we need to do it, let’s find a way to make it work for every neighborhood.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.