Below is video footage from the Symposium
DAY 1: THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 2016
Events held at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and the Paramount Theater
Continental Breakfast, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
|9:30 - 9:55 am||
WELCOME REMARKS & PANEL ONE: JULIAN BOND and THE CIVIL RIGHTS ARCHIVE at THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Civil Rights are positive legal prerogatives, the right to equal treatment before the law. These are rights shared by everyone. There’s no one in the United Stated who does not, or should not, share in these rights.
Deborah E. McDowell, Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, the University of Virginia
Teresa A. Sullivan, President, the University of Virginia
Ian Baucom, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Virginia
Pamela Horowitz, widow of Julian Bond and a Washington D.C. attorney
PANEL ONE: JULIAN BOND and THE CIVIL RIGHTS ARCHIVE at THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Deborah E. McDowell, the University of Virginia
Video Excerpts from "Explorations in Black Leadership"
Eva Latterner, PhD candidate in English Literature, the University of Virginia
James Perla, Communications consultant at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and independent radio producer
Nqobile Mthethwa, Fourth-Year (Senior), Foreign Affairs, the University of Virginia
Lucas Williams, Third-Year (Junior), Political and Social Thought, the University of Virginia
50/5: Remembering the Modern Movement for Civil Rights: The Julian Bond Papers
Derrick Alridge, Professor, Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia
Teachers in the Movement
Emma Edmunds, Independent Researcher, Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1945–75
Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Virginia
|11:45 am - 1:00 pm||
Lunch, the Garden Room, Hotel E
|1:15 - 2:30 pm||
PANEL TWO: 'A BAND OF SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN A CIRCLE OF TRUST': THE EARLY DAYS OF SNCC
I believe in an integrated America-- jobs, homes, and schools. I believe in it enough to have spent most of my life in its pursuit. I think it is a legal, moral, and political imperative of America--a matter of elemental justice, simple right waged against historical wrong.
Moderator: Lynn French, Executive Director of Hope and a Home, Inc.
Judy Richardson, Filmmaker and SNCC activist
Grassroots Organizing and Philosophy and Culture of SNCC
Charles Cobb, Field Secretary, SNCC
Julian Bond, SNCC, the Movement-Changing a Generation
Timothy Jenkins, SNCC, 1960 - 1965, Chairman Unlimited Visions Multimedia, Inc.
John Alexander, Associate Director of SHANTI (Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives), the University of Virginia
SNCC, Mariela Varela, and the Poor People's Campaign
|3:00 - 4:30 pm||
PANEL THREE: SOUNDSCAPES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Jefferson once said 'music is the passion of my soul.' It is my passion too, and if it is not yours, your soul—indeed your life—is poorer for it.
Moderator: Steven Lewis, PhD candidate in Musicology, the University of Virginia
Jack Hamilton, Assistant Professor of American and Media Studies, the University of Virginia
"Changing Times, Coming Changes": A Story of Civil Rights and Rock and Roll
Waldo Martin, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professorship of American History and Citizenship, University of California Berkeley
"Go on With your Bad-d-d Self": Julian Bond on the Racial and Cultural Politics of 1950s Popular Music
Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Julian Bond at the Crossroads of Sound: From Anthem to Freedom Songs and Back Again
Maurice Wallace, Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, the University of Virginia
King's Vibrato: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sound of Blackness
|6:15 - 7:30 pm||
|8:00 - 9:30 pm||
Continental Breakfast, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
|8:30 - 9:45 am||
- Julian Bond
|9:45 - 11:00 am||
PANEL TWO: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN HISTORY AND MEMORY
America is race-- from its symbolism to its substance, from its founding by slaveholders to its rending by Civil War, from Johnny Reb to Jim Crow, from the Ku Klux Klan to Katrina.
Moderator: Katelyn Hale Wood, Assistant Professor of Theatre History, the University of Virginia
Wesley Arden Dick, Professor of History, Albion College
The Civil Rights Movement in History and Memory: Reflections on Julian Bond’s Civil Rights South Seminars
Julius Fleming, Assistant Professor of English, the University of Maryland, College Park; Carter G. Woodson Post-Doctoral Fellow
On the White Interior: Theater, Visual Culture, and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Aniko Bodroghozy, Professor of Media Studies, the University of Virginia
Visual Media and the Movement: From Birmingham and Selma to Ferguson
|11:15 am - 12:30 pm||
PANEL THREE: THE GLOBAL REACH OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Africa is my roots. My ancestors came from the west coast of Africa. Every black American has a stake in the Continent, a birthright stake as well as a history of our own involvement in the 200 year-old American struggle to make democracy real.
Moderator: Andrew W. Kahrl, Assistant Professor of History, the University of Virginia
Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, the College of William and Mary
Just Means, Jeremiads, and Regenerative Violence in the Transnational Christianity of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Albert Luthuli
J. T. Roane, McPherson/Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Smith College
Black Vitality as Black Environmentalism: Forging Alternative Human Infrastructures across Two Geographies of Dis-accumulation
Kwame E. Otu, Assistant Professor, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, the University of Virginia
Bond/ing with Afro-Queer Diasporas: Julian Bond, Transnational LGBTI Human Rights Activism, and the LGBTI situation in Postcolonial Africa
Boxed Lunch, Byrd Room, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
|1:45 - 3:00 pm||
PANEL FOUR: STUDENTS ON THE FRONTLINES
One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going
Moderator: Emilye Crosby, Professor of History, Geneseo University
Jon Hale, Associate Professor, College of Charleston
The Freedom Schools: Students on the Frontlines of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
Wesley Hogan, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University,
Ajamu Dillahunt, Sophomore, Political Science and History, North Carolina Central University
Rebekah Barber, Senior, English and History, North Carolina Central University
Ella Baker's Children: Bringing Activists Together Across the Generations
|3:15 - 4:30 pm||
PANEL FIVE: FROM "FREEDOM NOW" TO BLACK LIVES MATTER: LEGACIES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROTEST
"There are many comparisons to be made between today and yesterday. This is the same struggle, the same fight, the same eagerness to do something about it. And we’re lucky to have these spirited young people involved in it."
Moderator: Lindsey E. Jones, PhD Candidate in History of Education, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education
Jeanne Theoharis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College of CUNY
Myths of the Civil Rights Movement in the Era of Black Lives Matter
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor, the Ohio State University
From "Freedom Now" to "BlackLivesMatter": Activism and African American Youth in the Age of Obama
Taylor Branch, author of the historical trilogy, America in the King Years
Reception, Omni Hotel Ballroom (Invitation only)
Culminating Banquet, Omni Hotel Ballroom (Invitation only)
But still we march. We march because Trayvon Martin has joined Emmett Till in the pantheon of young black martyrs. We march because the United States Supreme Court has eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, for which we fought and died. We march because every economic indicator shows gaping white-black disparities. We march for freedom from white supremacy. But still we have work to do. None of it is easy, but we have never wished our way to freedom; instead, we have always worked our way. Today we have much more to work with, and we take heart that so much has changed.
– Julian Bond speaking at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington
Selections from the Work of Julian Bond
- "Kent State Murders." A Draft of Julian Bond's Speech after the Kent State Murders at Kent State University, Ohio. April, 1971
- "Passing the Torch? The New Generation of Student Activists." The Black Collegian. April 1996
- Speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner. March 2009, Los Angeles original video here
- "The Impact of Student Activism on Black Politics, 1965-1968."
- "Under Color of Law." Howard University School of Law. November 18, 2002 original video here
- "Bond Attempts to Hear Voice of People." Scan of The Voice article from July 1965 (Vol. 6, No. 4)
- "Bond Urges Rights Effort Resurgence" Microfilm scan of the Daily Progress article February 5, 1979
- "Julian Bond Keynotes Black Culture Program." Microfilm scan of the Daily Progress article from February 14, 1971
- "Legislator Julian Bond Warns of Totalitarian State In U.S." Microfilm scan of the Cavalier Daily article from February 16, 1971
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
- SNCC: Structure and Leadership. SNCC Pamphlet from 1963
- "Danville, Virginia." SNCC pamphlet with text by Dorothy Miller, photography and Layout by Danny Lyon. August, 1963.
- SNCC Buttons
- Speech Concerning the United States' Move Toward Destruction, 1968
- Vietnam, a comic written by Julian Bond and published in 1967, after he was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for opposing the war in Vietnam. Illustrated by T.G. Lewis.
Explorations in Black Leadership
- Explorations in Black Leadership documents the lives of 51 Black leaders in America through interviews with the late civil rights leader Julian Bond.
- The project was co-directed by Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler.For more information about the Explorations in Black Leadership project, click here.
Poetry & Lyrics
The Bishop seduces the world with his voice
Sweat strangles mute eyes
As insinuations gush out through a hydrant of sorrow
Dream's, a world never seen
Moulded on Africa's anvil, tempered down home
Documented in cries and wails
Screaming to be ignored, crooning to be heard
Throbbing from the gutter
On Saturday night
Silver offering only
The Right Reverend's back in town
Don't it make you feel alright?
- Julian Bond, the Bishop of Atlanta: Ray Charles
(According to Bond, this poem was based on conversations he had during his first trip to Cuba as
a nineteen-year-old college student at Morehouse, soon after the Cuban Revolution.)
Soldiers fuzz the city in khaki confusion
Pincushioned with weapons
Seedy orange venders squeeze among the pulpy masses
Camera pregnant tourists click down the Prado
Lotería salesmen tear along the dotted line
Guitars pluck loafers into corner bars
Uniformed schoolgirls genuflect languorously
Climactic roaming rainbow dresses cling slowly
Punctuating neon orgasms in the mambo night
And above Fidel’s sandpaper voice,
"You want a girl, maybe?"
Selected Scholarship of conference participants
- Alridge, Derrick P. The Educational Thought of W.E.B. DuBois. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008
- Baucom, Ian. Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
- Bodroghkozy, Aniko. Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012.
- Bloom, Joshua; Martin, Waldo E. Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.
- Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America In the King Years, 1954-1963. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
- Cobb, Charles. This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Righs Movement Possible. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
- Crosby, Emilye. A Little Taste of Freedom: the Black Freedom Struggle In Claiborne County, Mississippi. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
- Hale, Jon. The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
- Hamilton, John. Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, September 2016.
- Hogan, Wesley. Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC and the Dream for a New America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
- Holsaert, Faith S; Richardson, Judy [et at.]. Hands On the Freedom Plow : Personal Accounts by Women In SNCC. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
- Jeffries, Hasan Kwame. Bloody Lowndes : Civil Rights and Black Power In Alabama's Black Belt. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
- Kahrl, Andrew W. The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches From Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.
- Perry, Imani. More Beautiful and More Terrible : the Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality In the United States. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
- Ramsey, Guthrie P. Race Music : Black Cultures From Bebop to Hip-hop. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
- Theoharis, Jeanne. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.
- Vinson, Robert Trent. The Americans Are Coming! : Dreams of African American Liberation In Segregationist South Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012.
- Wallace, Maurice O. Constructing the Black Masculine : Identity and Ideality In African American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2002.