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Bond to Keynote MLK Convocation and Community Celebration
Video: Wes Dick, professor of history, talks about Julian Bond's impact.
December 13, 2013
Julian Bond, NAACP chairman emeritus and civil rights movement co-worker of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the featured speaker for the 2014 MLK Convocation and Community Celebration Thursday, January 30. The program, which will focus on "The Dream: The Journey So Far and the Challenge Ahead," begins at 7 p.m. in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
Update, January 23, 2014: Also on January 30, prior to the Convocation, professor of history Wes Dick will host "A Conversation with Julian Bond" in Bobbitt Auditorium at 4:10 p.m. The on-stage interview and discussion, also free and open to the public, will last approximately one hour.
In addition, WMUK 102.1 FM, Western Michigan University's NPR station, will air a pair of features leading up to Bond's Albion visit. A four-minute piece is scheduled to air January 27 at 7:33 a.m. during Morning Edition (listen to the interview), and a longer conversation will be broadcast on WestSouthwest, January 29 at 9:20 a.m.
Bond's Albion visit, co-sponsored by the Albion Branch of the NAACP, is due in part to a relationship with Professor Dick. "We are both historians and passionately interested in the history of the 1960s, and we share a commitment to activism and to social justice," Dick stated. "Getting to know Julian Bond through his past six 'Civil Rights South' tours has changed my life and enriched my history classes at Albion College."
While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond helped found a student civil rights organization that directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation sit-ins, winning integration of Atlanta's movie theaters, lunch counters and parks. The success of these protests led students from across the South, including Bond, to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He also worked on voter registration drives across the South and later served in the Georgia legislature for 20 years.
NAACP chairman from 1998 to 2010, Bond received the NAACP’s Spingarn Award, an honor he shares with major figures in the civil rights movement including Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks and Damon Keith.
President emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center and professor of history emeritus at the University of Virginia, Bond currently is a scholar-in-residence at American University. He continues to be a newsmaker, focusing much of his current activism on gay rights, environmental concerns and economic justice, in addition to his work on racial justice.