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Keynote Speaker: Julian Bond
November 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Civil rights icon Julian Bond will be the keynote speaker as Allegheny College celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014. Beginning with his pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement, Bond has been in the forefront of social change. He continues to deliver a powerful message of equality, freedom and justice that is as relevant today as it was in 1964.
A firsthand witness to many of the watershed moments in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Bond founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and organized voting drives and sit-ins. An elected member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was denied his seat by legislators in 1965 until the intervention of the Supreme Court. Co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, he became the first African-American to be nominated for vice president of the United States. He served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 through the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2009.
Bond appears frequently on “America’s Black Forum,” the oldest black-owned show in television syndication. In addition to writing a nationally distributed newspaper column, he narrated the award-winning documentaries “A Time for Justice” and “Eyes on the Prize.”