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Discussion with Michael Cody and Julian Bond


Presented by the School of Law, the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Black Law Students Association


Date:Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Location:Caplin Pavilion, University of Virginia School of Law

5:30-7:30, Reception to follow

5:30 p.m.  Candlelight Vigil

Members of the Black Law Students Assocation (BLSA) will read King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

6:00 p.m.  Discussion

Michael Cody (Law '61) and Julian Bond (Professor, Corcoran Department of History) will discuss the events of April 3 and 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui will moderate.



Michael Cody

W.J. Michael Cody (Law '61) began his practice at the law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson in 1961 and, except for his years in public service, has been with the firm since that time. The firm represented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.during the Memphis sanitation worker’s march in 1968. Members of the firm were in court on behalf of Dr. King when they received word that Dr. King has been assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on the south end of downtown. Mr. Cody's account of his firm's involvement with these events can be reviewed here.



Julian Bond

From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his Chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (1998 – 2010), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace, and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited. As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, as a veteran of more than twenty years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, as a writer, teacher, and lecturer, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since he was a college student leading sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960.


*Watch the video footage of this event here.*