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(Seated) Ambassador Andrew Young; (Standing L-R) James Moses,CEO of Road to Scholar and Dr. Donald Stewart, member of the RoadScholar Board of Directors and former president of Spelman College inAtlanta, GA.
AMBASSADOR ANDREW YOUNG LEADS DISCUSSION ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD AT TASTE OF ROAD SCHOLAR
Road Scholar recently welcomed Ambassador Andrew Young as the keynote speaker for the annual Taste of Road Scholar event at historic Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Ambassador Young addressed a standing-room only audience of more than 300 people who came from across the U.S. The evening included introductions by Amanda Davis, Emmy award-winning co-anchor for FOX5 News in Atlanta, GA, and Dr. Louis Sullivan, founding dean of Morehouse Medical School and former Secretary of Health and Human Services in President George H.W. Bush's administration. "I've faced down police and barking dogs. I'm not afraid of many things in life. I'm not scared of breaking my leg or breaking my arm, but I am scared of Alzheimer's," Ambassador Young said to the crowd. The comment resonated strongly with the audience, as the focus of Road Scholar's programs is to offer opportunities to keep mentally engaged through learning and travel. In his one-hour discussion, Ambassador Young provided a thought-provoking analysis of a range of topics--from the power of economics in the Civil Rights movement to the influential policy makers in President Obama's administration to the recent collapse of the world's financial markets."It was such an honor to have Ambassador Young with us for this year's Taste of Road Scholar," says Kathy Taylor, associate vice president of community development for Elderhostel and Road Scholar. "His insight is always thought-provoking no matter what the topic and was particularly meaningful to those who attended our program." About Road ScholarRoad Scholar collaborates with educational and cultural institutions around the U.S and internationally to offer adventures that combine hands-on learning and behind-the-scenes access with lectures and excursions led by scholars, experts and professionals. Programs are designed to appeal to travelers who enjoy independent travel but also welcome the camaraderie of sharing the journey with fellow travelers who are passionate about learning and exploration. Launched in 2004, Road Scholar is an initiative of Elderhostel, www.elderhostel.org, the world's largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults. For information on Road Scholar, visit www.roadscholar.org or call toll free at (800) 466-7762.