Julian Bond was born in January 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee.
His father, Dr. Horace Mann Bond was a dedicated educator. Among
other accomplishments, Dr. Bond was the first black president
of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the oldest black private
college in the U. S. Julian Bond graduated from a coeducational
Quaker school in Pennsylvania and then entered Morehouse College
in Atlanta. He was very active at Morehouse. He was a member of
the varsity swimming team. He was one of the founding members
of a literary magazine called The Pegasus and interned at Time
at Morehouse, Bond also helped found the student civil rights
organization the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR).
COAHR led non-violent anti-segregation protests that led to the
integration of movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks in Atlanta.
weekend, 1960, Bond was one of the several hundred students who
formed SNCC. He soon became SNCC's communications director. One
of Bond's many tasks as communications director was editing the
SNCC newsletter, the Student Voice. As a member of SNCC, Bond
also took part in voter registration drives in Georgia, Alabama,
Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Bond left Morehouse to join the staff of the Atlanta Inquirer,
a new protest paper. He became the paper's managing editor. In
1971, he returned to Morehouse and graduated with a degree in
English. Bond then went on to serve twenty years in the Georgia
General Assembly. He holds honorary degrees from nineteen colleges
and universities and has served on the boards of numerous civil
rights organizations. He is currently the chairman of the NAACP.
He is also a Distinguished Professor at American University in
Washington, D.C., and a professor in history at the University
Julian Bond talk about the formation of SNCC