Legendary Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond Presents Ubben Lecture
February 29, 2000
February 29, 2000, Greencastle, Ind. - "Many people do not know that there are no ethnic, or gender, or racial barriers to membership in the NAACP," Julian Bond, chairman of the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said at DePauw University today. "We believe, in America colored people come in all colors."
A leading activist in the movements for civil rights, economic justice and peace and a veteran of more than 20 years service in the Georgia General Assembly, Bond spoke on "2000: A Race Odyssey" at 7:30 p.m. in East College, Meharry Hall. Also scheduled is a question-and-answer session with Bond on Wednesday, March 1, at 9 a.m. in the Center for Contemporary Media, Watson Forum.
Part of The Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series, Bond's visit was co-sponsored by the DePauw departments of History and Black Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Since he was a college student leading sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change. He was a founder in 1960 of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights, the Atlanta University Center student civil rights organization that directed three years of non-violent, anti-segregation protests and won integration of Atlanta's movie theaters, lunch counters and parks. Bond was arrested for sitting-in at the then-segregated cafeteria at Atlanta City Hall.
Bond was one of several hundred students from across the South who helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He became SNCC's communications director, heading the organization's printing and publicity departments, editing the SNCC newsletter and working voter registration drives in rural Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
In 1968 Bond was co-chairman of the Georgia Loyal National Delegation to the Democratic Convention. The Loyalists, an insurgent group, were successful in unseating the hand-picked regulars, and Bond was nominated for vice president of the United States, thus becoming the first black to be so honored by a major political party. He withdrew his name because he was too young to serve.
He serves on the advisory boards of the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, American Civil Liberties Union, Corporation for Maintaining Editorial Diversity in America, Nicaragua/Honduras Education Project, Earth Communications Office, National Federation for Neighborhood Diversity, Southern Africa Media Center, and the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities.
A collection of Bond's essays has been published under the title A Time To Speak, A Time To Act, and he is the author of Black Candidates -- Southern Campaign Experiences. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a history professor at the University of Virginia.
Endowed by Timothy and Sharon Ubben, both 1958 graduates of DePauw, the Ubben Lecture Series is designed to bring the world's top leaders, thinkers and creative minds to the Greencastle campus (at right: 1999 guest George Gilder). See a list of all Ubben Lecturers by clicking here.Back