Born into a middle-class family at the height of segregation, Andrew Young believed that "from those to whom much has been given, much will be required." Young met King in 1961 while working at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and quickly became his confidant and protege. Young worked primarily as a behind-the-scenes negotiator and strategist. Through this tact, Young rose to executive director of the organization and traveled throughout the country alongside King. Later, Young became a prominent politician serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a United Nations ambassador and later as the mayor of Atlanta.