2014 Flagg Legacy Social Justice Lecture Series Presents
Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP
From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.
While a student at Morehouse College over forty years ago, he founded the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As SNCC’s Communications Director, Bond was active in protest and registration campaigns throughout the South during one of this nation’s most difficult times.
Elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was prevented from taking seat by members who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was re-elected to his own vacant seat and un-seated again and re-seated only after a third election and unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court.
In 1968, Bond was Co-Chairman of the Georgia Loyal National Delegation to the Democratic Convention. The Loyalists, an insurgent group, were successful in unseating the handpicked regulars, and Bond was nominated for Vice-President of the United States, the first Black to be honored by a major political party. He withdrew his name because he was too young to serve.
Serving from 1998 until 2010 as Chairman of the Board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States, Bond worked to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African Americans and the poor still endure.
Bond has appeared in three movies, including the Academy Award-winning Ray and as narrator of the Westinghouse series Rush Toward Freedom and the critically acclaimed PBS series, Eyes on the Prize. He served as writer/narrator the NPR documentary “Crossing the Color Line: from Rhythm ‘n Blues to Rock ‘n Roll.”
The widely published author of many books of poetry, Bond is also author of A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, a collection of his essays as well as Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences.
In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. He has also been named one of America’s top 200 leaders by Time Magazine. In 2008, he was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.
Bond’s teaching experience includes being a Pappas Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Professor at Drexel University, Harvard University and Williams College. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC and a professor at the University of Virginia in the Department of History, where he is co-director of Explorations in Black Leadership.