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Julian Bond

Pioneering Civil Rights Leader. Elected to the Georgia house of representatives in 1965. Veteran of More than 20 Years in the Georgia General Assembly. Scholar in Residence at the American University and Visiting Lecturer in the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (Picture of Julian Bond taken at rally for Bill Clinton, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1992.)

Where Were You In 1967?

In 1967, former Georgia state senator Juilan Bond was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for declaring himself in sympathy with draft resisters and for opposing the war in Viet Nam. With the help of Chuck Morgan, Director of the Southern Regional Office of the American Civil Liberties Union (Smithsonian magazine, January 1998), Bond appealed to the Supreme Court and won it back.

Cover of Vietnam , a comic written by Julian Bond and published in 1967, after he was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for opposing the war in Viet Nam. It was illustrated by T.G. Lewis. Copyright 1967 by Julian Bond.

In the News

Julian Bond Discusses 20th Century Efforts to Achieve Racial Equality

Speaking before an audience at UVa's Miller Center for Public Affairs, Julian Bond said that "the civil rights movement faces 'problems more difficult to attack than in all the years that went before' ... The divide between America's rich and poor is growing, and although white racism remains part of the cause of that disparity, the Republican party in control of Congress is part of a campaign to destroy affirmative action" (Bob Gibson, The Daily Progress, April 9, 1998).

"'Today, the net financial assets of a black family in which one member has a post-graduate degree are lower than theassets of white families in which the highest level of education achieved is elementary school,' he said. 'By all the standards by which life is measured, black Americans see a gulf between the American dream and the reality of their lives,' Bond said The NAACP sees affirmative action as a way to bridge that gap ... " (Bob Gibson, The Daily Progress, April 9, 1998).

"'Affirmative action isn't about preferential treatment for blacks,' he said. 'It's about removing the preferential treatment whites have received for centuries ... For these new racists, equal opportunity is a burden society can't afford to bear'" (Bob Gibson, The Daily Progress, April 9, 1998).

Bond took a college course from Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was at Morehouse College in Atlanta. "He said King ... taught that the right to decent work at decent pay is as basic to human freedom as the right to vote ... A black child today is twice as likely to be born to a teen-age mother as a white child, three times more likely to live in a single-parent home and nine times more likely to be a homicide victim as a teen-ager or young adult" (Bob Gibson, The Daily Progress, April 9, 1998).

"The end of 'a long, sinding uphill struggle to beat the odds against success' is not yeat at hand for America's black residents, Bond said" (Bob Gibson, The Daily Progress, April 9, 1998).

Julian Bond Elected Chairman of NAACP

"When he was elected chairman of the NAACP last weekend in New York, Bond said, 'We want to restore integrity and civility. ... Colored people come in all colors. We want to reach out to emerging Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and White Americans" (Michael Olesker, The Daily Progress, March 1, 1998).

"'We're going to continue to work toward becoming a lean, mean fighting machine so that our voice is raised everywhere from the Oval Office to the corner bar, so that everywhere race is discussed people will say, 'Here's what the NAACP thinks,'" Julian Bond said (Mark Johnson, The Daily Progress, March 1, 1998).

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