Civil Rights: Now and Then
From his student days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee to his current position as Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been a leader in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace.
Bond was a founder of Atlanta’s student sit-in and anti-segregation organization while a student at Morehouse College, as well as the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC).
Elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was prevented from taking his seat by members who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was re-elected to his own vacant seat and unseated again, and seated only after a third election and unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court.
As Chairman of the NAACP Board, Bond heads the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country. The holder of twenty honorary degrees, he is a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a Professor at the University of Virginia.