Julian Bond has been an activist in the civil rights, economic justice and peace movements since his college years. He helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Atlanta University student civil rights organization, which directed several years of nonviolent protests and won integration of Atlanta’s movie theatres, lunch counters and parks.
Professor Bond served 20 years in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, drafting more than 60 bills that became law. He was president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP for 11 years and in 1998, was elected chair of the NAACP national board and served 11 terms until stepping down in 2010. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Bond received the Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Awards of Massachusetts and Georgia, and holds 25 honorary degrees. Time Magazine named Bond as one of America’s top 200 leaders. Julian Bond will speak ab out equality and his role as a historical and current leader of social change in America.