As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, as a veteran of more than 20 years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, as a writer, teacher, and lecturer, Julian Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since he was a college student leading sit in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960.
During his service in the Georgia General Assembly, Bond was sponsor or co-sponsor of more than 60 bills that became law, and he organized the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, then the largest such group in the nation.
In 1995, Bond was elected to his fourth term on the National Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Bond served as chairman of the NAACP since his election in February 1998.
A collection of Bond’s essays has been published under the title A Time to Speak, A Time to Act.
—Courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Julian Bond: Civil Rights Activist and Chairman of the NAACP
by Denise M. Jordan