Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From Alabama to Obama: A Critical View of the Civil Rights Movement

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Julian Bond, former NAACP Chairman of the Board and professor of history at the University of Virginia, will present a talk at Hofstra University titled “From Alabama to Obama: A Critical View of the Civil Rights Movement.” This will take place on Thursday, March 29, 2012, 7 p.m., at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, first floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

The talk is presented by the Hofstra chapter of NAACP, the Pride Network and Hofstra’s Debate 2012 programming. Additional sponsors include the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information email or call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

About Julian Bond:

From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.

While still a student, Bond was a founder in l960 of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), the Atlanta University Center student civil rights organization that directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation protests that won integration of Atlanta's movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks. Bond was arrested for sitting-in at the then-segregated cafeteria at Atlanta City Hall.

Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was prevented from taking his seat by members who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was re-elected to his own vacant seat and un-seated again, and re-seated only after a third election and a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court. Bond ultimately served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later six terms in the Georgia Senate. In the Senate, Bond became the first Black Chair of the Fulton County Senate Delegation, the largest and most diverse in the upper house, and was Chairman of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and a member of the Committees on Human Resources, Governmental Operations, and Children and Youth.

In 1968, Bond was Co-Chairman of the Georgia Loyal National Delegation to the Democratic Convention.

The Loyalists, an insurgent group, were successful in unseating the handpicked regulars, and Bond was nominated for Vice-President of the United States, the first Black to be so honored by a major political party. He withdrew his name because he was too young to serve.

Bond was Chairman of the Premier Auto Group (PAG) (Volvo, Land Rover, Aston-Martin, Jaguar) Diversity Council and has served on the Advisory Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Corporation for Maintaining Editorial Diversity in America, the Nicaragua/Honduras Education Project, the Earth Communications Office, the National Federation for Neighborhood Diversity, the Southern Africa Media Center, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Center for Visionary Thought Advisory Team and on the Advisory Committees of the American Committee on Africa and the Human Rights Defense Fund.

Bond has served as commentator on America's Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication and his poetry and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He has narrated numerous documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning A Time for Justice and the prize-winning and critically acclaimed series Eyes on the Prize. He has been a commentator onThe Today Show and was author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column called “Viewpoint,” and was a commentator for radio's "Byline," syndicated to over 200 stations. The widely published author of many books of poetry, Bond is also author of A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, a collection of his essays as well as Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences.

Serving from 1998 until 2010 as Chairman of the Board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States, Bond worked to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African Americans and the poor still endure.

In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. He has also been named one of America's top 200 leaders by Time Magazine. In 2008, he was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.

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