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Andrew Young helps launch Civil Rights Library

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Updated: 9/19/2013 8:51 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- When Andrew Young speaks, people listen.

The former mayor of Atlanta and Ambassador to the United Nations stopped in Lincolnville on Thursday for nostalgic reasons. He marched there, protested there and stayed at a number of houses back in the day.

"I came down here to try and stop a movement and make sure no violence erupted," he explained.

Young walked side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What they did for black rights in the Ancient City -- many believe -- led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

During Thursday's sitdown with folks in the community, he reflected on those times.

"The Klan that best us up at night-- for several weeks-- when they finally got the nerve to come down parading through here, I was so proud. Old people, young people, were lined up along the streets. They were all singing "I love everybody. I love everybody on my heart," Young continued.

Young is a strong supporter of the new online Civil Rights Library. Flagler College students worked around the clock digitizing materials from the past so they can be remembered forever.

"We have timelines, we have newspaper clippings, events," student Emily Gleeson said.

Going forward, Young says the fight continues. He encourages future generations to stand up to injustice and do their part.

"The kids who were basically isolated, lonely and bitter, we brought in the movement, and they became a part of changing the world. I think that's what we got to do again."

You can access the Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine here.
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