What you should know about the legacy of Julian Bond


What you should know about the legacy of Julian Bond

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The career of noted politician and civil rights leader Julian Bond spans several decades, from his combined 20 years in both the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate to his later chairmanship of the NAACP. Here's a look back via our AJC photo archives. All photos include original captions. In January 1966, Julian Bond is not seated at the state legislature because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Julian Bond, an icon of the civil rights movement, died August 15, 2015 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was 75.

Here are some milestones from Bond’s long legacy:

• Bond enrolled at Morehouse College in 1957 where he co-founded the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He left college to become SNCC’s communications director from 1961 to 1966.

• In 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia Legislature, but was initially refused a seat. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor the following year. He would go on to serve 20 years in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate.

• Bond became the first African-American to be nominated as a vice-presidential candidate in 1978.

• Bond was the Southern Poverty Law Center's first president, serving from 1971 until 1979.

• From 1974 until 1989, Bond served as president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, and the board chairman of the organization from 1998 until 2010.

• Bond was a distinguished adjunct professor at American University, and a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

• In 2002, Bond received the National Freedom Award.

• Throughout his career, Bond was also a television commentatornewspaper columnist and poet.

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