The Jericho Road honoring Ambassador Andrew Young

Updated: May 11

On March 12, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Ambassador Andrew Young, the first African American Ambassador to the United Nations, celebrated his 90th birthday.


Watch the celebration from everywhere on the Andrew Young Foundation website here:



In honor of this momentous occasion and the life of this dedicated world server -


"The Jericho Road" is a a song based on a favorite topic of discussion between Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ambassador Andrew Young - how to balance staying the course of planned service with responding to those in immediate need along the way.


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The Jericho Road


There's a beggar at the crossroads Stretching forth his hands Begging you to save him Give all that you can His face is pinched and haggard You can feel his pain Do you stop and help him Or turn the other way?


It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road Paved with love and understanding


We know that we can never help every soul we meet And it hurts the heart to know that when we lay our heads to sleep We do our best to pass along our courage, hopes and dreams To our children, friends and neighbors and that beggar on the street


It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road Paved with love and understanding


We're all in the hands of God And it's His grace and mercy That helps us to carry on Heavenly and earthly


It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road Paved with love and understanding


It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road It takes love to pave that Jericho Road Paved with love and understanding


words and music by Amanda Colleen Williams with input from Ambassador Young.



This is the fourth time I have been invited to perform at Ambassador's birthday galas, starting at his 75th. On his 83rd, Ambassador gave me a piece of advice that has helped to shape my life and service for the better. I'll share it with you here -



As Ambassador put it:


You can't stop and help every lost soul on the road to Jericho. You are ordained and expected at your destination, and you owe it to those waiting for you to get there without delay. Of course, you love all upon that way. You can always come back and help others when you are finished with your appointed duty. Sometimes the best way to help others is by changing that Jericho Road, by making it a better, safer place. You help everyone by changing the road. The way to change that Jericho Road is to pave it with Love and understanding.



Watch the live stream concert at The Andrew Young Foundation website here.




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