Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young laid to rest

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Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young Jr. was laid to rest on Saturday.

Young served on the Atlanta City Council since 2002.

He is credited with helping to overseeing the completion of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium which falls in his district, helped shepherd the successful “Westside Revive” program, was active in the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor garnering more than $65 million for the completion of the Historic Westside Village project, and was working to fully fund police and fire operations in the city.

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Young also played an instrumental role in the healing of the city following the shooting death of 92-year-old English Avenue resident Kathryn Johnston by an Atlanta Police officer during the execution of a no-knock warrant. Young was credited with lending his support behind the creation of the Atlanta Citizens Review Board and the abolition of the Disorderly Conduct 6 statute.

The celebration of life service was held at the Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College.

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Young, who represented Atlanta's District Three, was on leave undergoing a stem-cell transplant since early September.

He was 56 years old.