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Julian 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 Powell.

Julian BondBond 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.

"I 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.

Bond 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 causes.

He "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.

A noted 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.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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