The 2013 Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History
Civil Rights, Then and Now
January 28 | 7pm | Wright Auditorium
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.