Civil Rights Icons Endorse Ceasar

News coverage of Andrew Young and CT Vivian's landmark endorsement. (Press play above)

This week, Ambassador Andrew Young and Dr. C.T. Vivian formally endorsed Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta during a press conference in the Maynard Jackson Room at the historic Paschal’s Restaurant. The legendary civil rights activists shared why Mitchell has earned their support and stands out as the only candidate with a record of leadership, experience and vision to lead “a city too busy to hate.” The pair also commented on the recent incident in Charlottesville and how Atlanta continues to set the example for ensuring equity, equality and opportunity to all people. In addition to media and Mitchell’s family, the event was attended by civic, religious and business leaders representing a diverse cross-section of Atlantans.

Following a brief video presentation from Mitchell’s campaign, Dr. Vivian, offered sage advice on the impact Atlanta’s mayoral election will have on the global stage. The spritely 93-year old, who is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, remarked “Everyone knows that Ceasar is going to be our next Mayor. If I were a candidate today, I would not want to be running against him!”


The Honorable Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who is also the first black UN ambassador, has previously expressed his admiration for Mitchell’s leadership and vision. During the event, he formally declared his support for Mitchell to reinforce that he “only has one choice in this race".

"As a servant leader, who has been effective as a citywide councilmember and Atlanta’s City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell is the most qualified person to be the 60th Mayor of Atlanta," said Young. "I know his heart. We need his leadership, not just here in Atlanta, but throughout the region. He is tireless in his advocacy for those who have been left out and left behind. He is ready to be Mayor on day one and has my wholehearted endorsement."