Andrew Young Receives VMI Jonathan Daniels Award

LEXINGTON, VA: Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young will receive the Jonathan Myrick Daniels '61 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors in March, 2006.

Young is the second person to receive the award from VMI's board. Former President Jimmy Carter received the award in 2001. The award emphasizes the virtue of humanitarian public service and will recognize individuals who have made significant personal sacrifices to protect or improve the lives of others.

Young, famous as a civil rights activist and his long career of public service, is scheduled to visit VMI on March 23 to receive the award.

Valedictorian of the VMI Class of 1961, Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian who responded to the plea of Martin Luther King in 1965 to join the voter registration drive in Selma, AL. He remained in Alabama to work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was killed when he pulled a young African-American girl to safety during a violent confrontation. In 1991, Daniels was designated a martyr of the Episcopal Church, one of 15 modern-day martyrs, including King.