A Living Legend: The University of Virginia Honors Julian Bond
Hosted by the Office for Diversity and Equity in partnership with the Office of Engagement and the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Take a glimpse into the life of a living legend. You are invited to attend an evening honoring Julian Bond, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. Enjoy a reception, musical performances by U.Va.’s Black Voices and the Charlottesville High School Knightengales Choir, and a screening of "Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement" a film by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, followed by a conversation with Julian Bond. The evening will culminate with remarks and recognition by President Teresa A. Sullivan and other distinguished guests.
Julian Bond’s Biography
Horace Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Professor Emeritus, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Julian Bond is one of the foremost leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1988 until 2009, Bond first entered the national picture as one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s. During this time he also led a series of anti-segregation protests against public facilities in Georgia.
Bond was the first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a public interest law and advocacy firm based in Montgomery, Alabama. He remains its President Emeritus and a member of its board of directors today.
In 1965, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and was prevented from being seated because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. Bond took his case to the United States Supreme Court, where in 1966, he won a 9-0 decision to regain his seat. He served four terms in the Georgia House and six terms in the Georgia Senate. During the 1980s and 90s, Bond earned a reputation as an educator, teaching at universities, including American, Drexel, Harvard and the University of Virginia. He continues to be in demand as a writer and lecturer on the Civil Rights Movement and the condition of African Americans and the poor.
Bond is a well-known figure in the media, having hosted America’s Black Forum, guested on The Today Show, The Colbert Report, and the radio program Byline, written a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, Viewpoint, and more. He also narrated the critically-acclaimed PBS series, Eyes on the Prize.
Julian Bond serves on many boards, including People for the American Way and the Center for Responsible Lending, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including 28 honorary degrees and a 2008 Library of Congress Living Legend Award. Please click here to read more about this prestigious award.
January 30, 2013
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm Program
The Paramount Theater
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Free | Open to All
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