Bond Honored By National Civil Rights Museum
September 20, 2002--
Students in Julian Bond's popular civil rights history courses at
the University of Virginia have always counted themselves lucky
to be learning directly from a key participant in that history.
Now their highly honored teacher has been selected for the National
Civil Rights Museum's annual Freedom Award, whose previous recipients
include Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela and Colin
will receive the award, given for significant contributions to civil
rights, at a banquet at the Peabody Hotel on Oct. 23 in Memphis,
where the civil rights museum is located.
am immensely honored to receive this award, and do so in the names,
memories and unfinished works of thousands of the nameless and anonymous
brothers and sisters who made the movement," Bond said.
has been a civil rights activist and leader since his days as a
student at Morehouse College in the late 1950s and early '60s. There,
he led sit-ins that ended segregation at Atlanta's lunch counters,
movie theaters and parks, and helped form the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC). For more than 20 years, he also served
in the Georgia General Assembly. He has been highly visible as national
chairman of the NAACP since 1968, working on numerous civil rights
"has for decades been an unwavering force in the fight for
equality, justice and freedom for all Americans," said Kweisi
Mfume, president of the NAACP.
writer, teacher and lecturer, Bond is currently a Distinguished
Scholar in Residence at American University in Washington, D.C.,
as well as professor of history at U.Va. He holds honorary degrees
from numerous colleges and universities and has served on many boards
of organizations dedicated to civil rights and social change.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856