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Julian Bond

Former Chairman of the NAACP


Beginning with his pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement, Julian Bond - an expert on diversity in the law - has always been on the cutting edge of social change and leadership. Legendary as the first black US vice presidential nominee and former Chairman of the NAACP, Bond continues to deliver a powerful message of equality, freedom, and justice with a renewed sense of relevance.

From his civil rights and anti-war activism in the 1960s to his support for gay rights in the new millennium, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change. As an activist, he has faced jail for his convictions, most recently for protesting the Keystone Pipeline. As a professor, he has taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, American University and is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Virginia.

Founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he organized voting drives and sit-ins. An elected member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was denied his seat by legislators until the intervention of the United States Supreme Court. Co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, he became the first African-American to be nominated for Vice President of the United States.

He has delivered his message for equality not only through the political arena. In addition he appears frequently on America’s Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication; has written a nationally distributed newspaper column; and narrated the award-winning documentaries A Time for Justice and Eyes on the Prize.

A first-hand eyewitness to many watershed moments in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Bond delivers powerful speeches on the centuries-long struggle of African-Americans for equality, diversity in the shaping of laws, and civil rights moving into the future, as well as keynotes on African American's impact on music, national affairs and leadership.


  • Holder of 30 honorary degrees, most recently from Wagner College, 2014.
  • Received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, 2009.
  • The Library of Congress named him a “Living Legend,” 2008.
  • Served as Chairman of the NAACP, from 1998 to 2010.
  • Received the prestigious National Freedom Award, 2002.
  • Author of many articles and of A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, 1972.
  • Served as co-chairman of the Georgia Loyal National Delegation to the Democratic Convention, 1968.
  • Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served four terms in the House and six terms in the Senate, 1965.
  • Co-founded both the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a student at Morehouse College, 1960.
  • The first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, 1960s.
  • Named one of America's top 200 leaders by Time Magazine.
  • Served on numerous boards, including the Center for Community Change, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fund, the Highlander Research and Education Center, Board of the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Responsible Lending.
  • Chairman of the Premier Auto Group (PAG) Diversity Council.
  • Served on the Advisory Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Corporation for Maintaining Editorial Diversity in America, the Nicaragua/Honduras Education Project and the National Federation for Neighborhood Diversity.


The Road to Freedom: From Alabama to Obama

Julian Bond recounts for audiences the civil rights movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the election of the first black president.

Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm ‘n Blues to Rock ‘n Roll

In this exciting multi-media presentation – which includes images and music – Julian Bond traces the development of a new kind of music and the diverse Americans who made it happen. Bond shares how African Americans influenced and shaped musical history from around World War II to the days of Elvis Presley and beyond. Through the story of music, he tells the story of the civil rights movement. In addition, Bond shares how music popular among Americans emerged from the compositions well-known among African Americans and how the attraction of American teenagers in the 1950s to traditionally African-American styles helped advance the movement and break down barriers among races.

How I Got in the Movement

Audiences have a chance to experience Julian Bond’s personal history of his time in the civil rights movement.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

During this important year, Julian Bond discusses a half-century of dramatic struggles for racial and economic justice, where we are now and what the future holds.

Fifty Years of Voting Rights — And Wrongs

This speech by Julian Bond goes in depth about the continuing and ongoing struggle for the right to vote.

Race to the White House: The Politics of Civil Rights

Julian Bond reviews the history and politics of the civil rights movement through personal reflections.

Blacks & Jews: Common Cause in a Divided America

An insightful presentation, Bond shares how two groups of people are facing discrimination find common cause.

Race Around the World

Race is not only seen in America, but around the world. In this talk, Julian Bond explains the international elements of the American freedom struggle.

The Broken Promise of Brown

This is an analysis of the effects of landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision integrating public schools.

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