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Bond to speak at ACRI and ASU

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

ALBANY -- Civil rights leader and historian Julian bond, and his sister, activist and attorney Jane Bond Moore will appear in Albany on Sept. 29 and 30 to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement.

Jane Bond Moore will speak at the Albany Civil Rights Institute's Monthly Community Night at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, and Julian Bond will talk at Albany State University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

Jane and Julian Bond grew up in the home of a college president. Their father, Horace Mann Bond, was the first president of Fort Valley State College and later was president of Lincoln University.

Their father fought for civil rights long before the modern movement emerged in the late 1950s. Dr. Bond was a widely known writer on the social, education, and economic issues that affected the African American community.

He was noted for writing a stinging critique of white society's claims about African American intelligence.

Nurtured in this environment, Julian Bond and Jane Bond Moore followed their father's interest in community and racial progress.

Jane Bond Moore's involvement with civil rights began with her work for the Southern Regional Council monitoring southern racist violence. She later worked behind the scenes at the SNCC headquarters in Atlanta.

She started an integrated cooperative nursery school in Atlanta and worked on her brother's political campaign for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

She is an attorney, teaches law school in California, and is a contributor to Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.

Julian Bond, retired chairman of the NAACP, is a leading national civil rights activist and history professor at the University of Virginia.

He was a student at Morehouse College in 1960 when he participated in the southern student sit-in movement and helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He served as SNCC Communications Director from 1960 to 1966.

In 1965 and 1966 he won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives but his colleagues refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. After winning his third election to the House, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor and he served the first of four terms in the House and six terms in the Georgia Senate.

In 1968, Bond was nominated to run as Democratic candidate for U.S. vice president. He withdrew his name, however, as he was seven years younger than the minimum age of thirty-five.

Since leaving his career in Georgia politics, Bond has been involved in history education and civil rights advocacy at the national level in numerous venues.

Their presentations are sponsored by ACRI, the C.B. King Black Attorneys Association, Albany State University's Civil Rights Celebration, Hilton Garden Inn Albany, and the Criterion Club