The 2013-2014 Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History
Civil Rights, Then and Now
***ECU to Reschedule Tuesday Lecture by Civil Rights Leader***
GREENVILLE (1/27/2014) — East Carolina University will reschedule the Jan. 28 campus visit by civil rights leader Julian Bond due to expected hazardous weather conditions Tuesday evening. Bond, distinguished professor in the school of government, American University, and emeritus professor of history at the University of Virginia, was set to give a lecture in Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The university is working to reschedule the lecture in fall of 2014 and will announce a date as soon as it is confirmed. Ticket holders seeking refunds can call the central ticket office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU ARTS. No further schedule changes have been announced at this time.
ECU students with a valid ECU ID may request one free ticket through the ECU Central Ticket Office located in Mendenhall Student Center.
Tickets for ECU faculty, staff, and the general public are $10 and may be purchased at the ECU Central Ticket Office, or by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
Julian Bond currently serves as Distinguished Professor in Residence in the Department of Government at American University, Washington, D.C., and as Professor Emeritus, Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Bond has been an activist in the civil rights, economic justice, and peace movements since his college years. In 1960, he helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and soon became its communications director. Earlier that year, he helped organize the Atlanta University Center Committee on Appeal for Human Rights which directed several years of nonviolent protests and won, by 1962, integration of Atlanta’s movie theatres, lunch counters, and parks.
Bond served for two decades in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, drafting more than sixty bills that became law. He served as president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP for eleven years and in 1998, was elected chair of the NAACP national board and served for eleven terms before stepping down in 2010. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 1968, Bond became the first black person to be nominated for the vice presidency of the United States.
Bond has received the American Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Awards from Massachusetts and Georgia, and holds twenty-five honorary degrees. Time magazine has named Bond one of America’s top 200 leaders. Bond has hosted America’s Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication, NBC's Saturday Night Live and has narrated numerous documentaries, including the award-winning Eyes on the Prize series. Bond has been a commentator on NBC’s Today show and was the author of Viewpoint, a nationally syndicated newspaper column. A collection of Bond’s essays is published under the title A Time to Speak, A Time to Act. Other poems and articles have appeared in several publications, including the Nation, Life, and the New York Times.