Julian Bond

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Horace Julian Bond (January 14, 1940 August 15, 2015) was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor and writer. In 1960, while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, leading student protests against segregation. A founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, he served as its president in the 1970s while sitting in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1968, Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Congress, where he became the first African American and the youngest person to ever be nominated for Vice President of the United States, though he was ineligible due to his young age. In 1975, after ten years in the Georgia House, he served six terms in the Georgia senate, after which he taught at numerous colleges including Drexel and Harvard. In 1998, Bond was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP and, after his term, remained active as Chairman Emeritus for eleven years. He is the author of A Time To Speak, A Time To Act, a collection of his essays, as well as Black Candidates: Southern Campaign Experiences. His writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers. He remained President Emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center until his death in 2015.

Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, and is the author or editor of numerous books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including We the Resistance: Documenting A History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States (City Books Lights 2019) Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography (Westminster, 2017);Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers (Westminster, 2015); I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters (City Lights 2012). Long’s first book on Jackie Robinson, First Class Citizenship (Times Books)—was selected as a best book of the year byPublishers Weekly, and received critical acclaim in the New York Times and other major media outlets. His writing can be found in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago TribuneUSA Today, Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His work has been featured or reviewed in or on NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Salon, CNN, Bookforum, Ebony/Jet, and other newspapers and journals.

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