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Julian Bond

Former Chairman, NAACP

Julian Bond is a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as communications director. He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998.

Bond graduated from Morehouse and helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was the organization's president from 1971 to 1979.

Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. White members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied Bond his freedom of speech and had to seat him.  From 1965 to 1975, he served in the Georgia House and served six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975-86.  Today Bond is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a Professor in the history department at the University of Virginia. 

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, April 9

2:40pm CDT