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Civil rights leader Andrew Young will be in Portland for a number of events, including visiting with students at Athey Creek Middle School.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Civil Rights leader Andrew Young will be in Portland for a dinner Nov. 6 with Wholistic Peace Institute. Hear him speak at the benefit event; tickets are still available.

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The Wholistic Peace Institute offers the community an opportunity to have dinner with Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Szechuan Chef, 5331 S. W. Macadam Ave., suite 115 in Portland, OR 97239. All are invited to attend this insightful evening with Young, who was Martin Luther King Jr.'s advisor, a pastor, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter. Young is also a former Congressman from Georgia and two-term mayor of Atlanta.

He is also president of the Andrew Young Foundation, whose mission is to support and promote education, economic justice, health, leadership and human rights initiatives in the United States, Africa and around the globe that work to improve the human condition. "We work to one day see a just and prosperous global society made whole through humanitarian service, civic participation, philanthropy and good works," reads the organization's website, andrewjyoungfoundation.org.

Young will speak about current times and what can be learned from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and how it is relevant today. He will also address the Black Lives Matter movement, and offer his views that all lives matter.

Tickets to the dinner are $100 each and proceeds will benefit the Andrew Young Foundation and the Wholistic Peace Institute to educate for peace in Oregon schools.

Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) was founded by Gary Alan Spanovich with a mission to "Stop the Killing" by relying on the wisdom of Nobel Peace Laureates.

As part of Young's visit to Portland, the WPI and Harold and Arlene Schnitzer will announce the 2017 Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Student Peace Winners for the Student Peace Education and Leadership grants. After a rigorous examination of the proposals, the winning schools for 2017-18 include Athey Creek Middle School, Baker Prairie Middle School, Blanchet Catholic School, Faubion Pre K-8 school, Jesuit High School, Leslie Middle School, and St. Mary's Academy.

The 2017 Peace Educator of the Year will be announced Nov. 6.

To learn more visit wholisticpeaceinstitute.com or call WPI Executive Director

Nancy Spanovich at 503-701-9987.

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