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The Honorable Julian Bond

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
State Senator
Civil Rights Activist
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Coast of Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1940
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
State Senator
Civil Rights Activist
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Coast of Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1940
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Civil rights activist, state representative, and state senator Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his family moved to Pennsylvania, where his father, Horace Mann Bond, was appointed president of Lincoln University.

In 1957, Julian Bond graduated from the George School, a Quaker school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and entered Morehouse College. In 1960, Julian Bond was one of several hundred students who helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1965, Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. He was barred from taking his seat in the House because of his outspoken statements against the Vietnam War. In December 1966 the Supreme Court ruled in his favor and he served four terms as Representative and six terms in the Georgia Senate, from 1975-1986. During the 1968 presidential election, he was the first African American to be nominated for Vice-President of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot, however, because he was too young to serve. Later, Julian Bond was host of America's Black Forum. In 1987, Bond narrated the critically acclaimed 1987 PBS series, Eyes on the Prize.

Julian Bond continued his tradition of activism as Chairman of the NAACP. He also served as President Emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Julian Bond was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University in Washington, D.C., and a faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia.

Bond passed away on August 15, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julian Bond interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julian Bond's favorites, part 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julian Bond tells about conducting interviews for a different oral history project
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julian Bond's favorites, part 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julian Bond describes his father, Dr. Horace Mann Bond
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julian Bond's tells about his grandfather, and discusses education for blacks in the late 1800s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julian Bond describes his mother's background and fondly recalls his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julian Bond discusses his father's career and views on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julian Bond describes his rural Pennsylvania grade school, integrated due to his father's lawsuit
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Julian Bond recalls little consciousness of segregation as a small child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Julian Bond learns about nonviolence and social action at his Quaker high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Julian Bond describes his boarding school and his social life there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julian Bond's high school girlfriends--one white and one black
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julian Bond discusses his youthful ambition to be a writer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julian Bond praises his father's scholarship as a great personal influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julian Bond enters Morehouse University in 1957
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julian Bond discusses his family's move to Atlanta in 1957
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julian Bond describes the exciting atmosphere at Morehouse and in Atlanta in the late 1950s; and an internship at Time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julian Bond explains the beginning of the Atlanta student movement in 1960
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julian Bond lists SNCC's tremendous accomplishments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julian Bond describes the founding of SNCC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julian Bond discusses his election to the Georgia legislature and the fight to be seated
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julian Bond describes his successful 1965 campaign for state legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julian Bond reflects on his two year battle to be seated in the Georgia State House
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julian Bond talks about leaving SNCC due to its new separatist direction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julian Bond talks about the Atlanta 'Inquirer' a paper stemming from the Atlanta student movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julian Bond talks about SNCC members' attitude toward danger
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julian Bond on learning the culture of the Georgia legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Julian Bond expresses his enjoyment of serving as a state senator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julian Bond describes learning how to succeed as a legislator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julian Bond's legislative successes including the creation of a black Congressional district in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julian Bond discusses his defeat by John Lewis in the 1986 U.S. Congressional election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julian Bond discusses his long tenure as host of 'America's Black Forum'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julian Bond speaks about coping with divorce and drug allegations.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julian Bond describes his entry into university teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julian Bond on teaching today's youth the history of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Julian Bond reflects on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julian Bond's hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julian Bond's hopes for the NAACP under his leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julian Bond on civil rights and economic equity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julian Bond points out the continued racism in 1990s America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Julian Bond describes the Civil Rights movement as part of a history of black self-help
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Julian Bond praises civil rights heroes while cautioning against over-dependence on leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Julian Bond reveals his own atheism but acknowledges religion's role in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Julian Bond talks about his different legacies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Julian Bond praises his wife and looks toward his future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Julian Bond reflects on his parents and his academic accomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Julian Bond and sister Jane are being "dedicated to scholarship" by their father H.M. Bond, W.E.B. DuBois and E.F. Frazier, ca. 1943
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - Paul Robeson with Julian Bond, Jane Bond and Sylvia Hill after a concert at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, ca. 1950
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Julian Bond's publicity photo, ca. 1970
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, Ralph Abernathy and others planning civil rights strategy in Selma, Alabama, spring, 1965
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Julian Bond at an NAACP event preparing to introduce U.S. President Bill Clinton, Washington, D.C., February, 1999
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Julian Bond giving the commencement address at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Julian Bond and U.S. President Bill Clinton conversing at White House reception, Washington, D.C., December, 1999
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Julian Bond and his family on a Christmas card, Atlanta, Georgia, 1959
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson KOs boxing champ Muhammad Ali, with Julian Bond as referee, Atlanta, Georgia, 1975
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Julian Bond, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and Yancy Martin from the Southern Elections Fund, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Julian Bond's publicity photo, ca. 1995
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Georgia State Senator Julian Bond with U.S. President Jimmy Carter, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Georgia State Representative Julian Bond giving a commencement address, 1969
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Georgia State Representative Julian Bond tours the poverty-stricken Vine City area of his legislative district, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968