Julian Bond speaking at Georgia College

Staff reportMarch 12, 2014 

Civil rights activist Julian Bond is scheduled to speak at Georgia College later this month as part of a lecture series on social justice.

Bond, a former chairman of the NAACP, will be the featured speaker at the Milledgeville college’s annual Flagg Legacy Social Justice Spring Lecture Series.

Bond is slated to speak at 6 p.m. March 28 in Russell Auditorium, a statement from the college said. The event is free.

Bond has been an active in the civil rights movement since the 1960s. As a student at Morehouse College, he was the founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organizing voting drives and sit-ins.

In 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives but was denied his seat by lawmakers until the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. He went on to serve four terms in the House and six terms in the Georgia Senate.

He became the first black man or woman nominated for vice president of the United States in 1968 when he was co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the NAACP.

Bond has also written “A Time to Speak, A Time to Act” and “Black Candidates: Southern Campaign Experiences.”

An expert on diversity in the law, Bond is a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Flagg Social Justice Lecture Series is named for the Rev. Wilkes B. Flagg of Baldwin County in recognition of his lifelong contributions to educational advancement and social justice.

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