ATLANTA - Ambassador Andrew Young made his first public appearance since being released from the hospital, preaching a sermon at his church.
Sitting in front of the congregation at the First Congregational Church on Courtland Street in Atlanta, Young said that it felt good to be home after two months away from the church.
Young fell ill in Nashville back in May and then spent several days at Emory University Hospital. He then spent several more weeks resting at home.
"A staph infection attached to my spine when I was in Nashville," he told the congregation. "I had a fever of 104 degrees and collapsed. I never felt sick, just had a hard time walking."
Family members say Young has now fully recovered.
"People thought I wasn't going to make it, but I never felt like that. I never felt any pain. I knew I was going to be alright," Young said.
Young spoke about a range of topics, including the importance of strong trade relations, his hopes for the country, and Georgia's gubernatorial race.
After the recovery, Young said he decided it's just time for him "to slow down."
But don't count the former mayor out yet.
Young says he plans to live until 100 because "there's a lot of work to be done when it comes to working for freedom and justice."