The 103rd NAACP Annual Convention with Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with and presents excerpts of a presentation given by Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP at the annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convention in Houston. TX. Horace Julian Bond is a leader of the modern Civil Rights Movement. While a student at Morehouse College, he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998.
Born on January 14th, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee, Bond’s family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five years old when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American President of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), his alma mater. Bond attended Morehouse College and won a varsity letter for swimming. He also founded a literary magazine called The Pegasus and served as an intern at Time magazine.
In 1960, Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as communications director from 1961 to 1966. From 1960 to 1963, he led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia.
Upon graduating from Morehouse he helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was the organization’s president from 1971 to 1979.
He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. While members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied Bond his freedom of speech and had to seat him.
In 1968, he led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the first African-American nominated as Vice President of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve.