JULIAN BOND AUTOGRAPH



Horace Julian Bond was born January 14, 1940. Julian is an American leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia during the early 1960s, he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He has been Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1998.  In November 2008, he announced that he does not plan to seek another term as chairman. He was educated at George School, a private Quaker preparatory boarding school near Newtown, Pennsylvania. Then, beginning in 1957, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta.  From 1960 to 1963, he led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia. Bond left Morehouse in 1961, returning to complete his degree, a BA in English, in 1971. He helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a public interest law firm based in Montgomery, Alabama, along with Morris Dees.   In 1965, Bond was one of 8 African Americans elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. On January 10, 1966, however, the Georgia state representatives voted 184-12 not to seat him because he publicly endorsed the SNCC’s statement of opposition to U.S. policy in the Vietnam War and his sympathy for persons who were “unwilling to respond to a military draft”.  A U.S. District Court panel ruled 2-1 that the Georgia House had not violated any federal rights. In 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 9-0, in the case of Bond v. Floyd (385 U.S. 116), that the Georgia House of Representatives had denied Bond his freedom of speech and that it was required to seat him.  From 1965 to 1975, he served as a Democratic member in the Georgia House for four terms. He went on to serve six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975-1986. During the 1968 Presidential election, Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Here, unexpectedly and contrary to his intention, he became the first African-American to be proposed as a major-party candidate for Vice President of the United States. 

 

In the 1980s and 1990s, Bond taught at several universities, including American, Drexel, and Harvard universities and the University of Virginia.  As NAACP chairman, Bond has repeatedly denounced the Republican Party.  First in February to the NAACP board and then in July at that organization’s national convention, he attacked the administration for selecting Cabinet secretaries “from the Taliban wing of American politics”. Bond specifically targeted Attorney General John Ashcroft, who had opposed Affirmative Action, and Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who defended the Confederacy in a 1996 speech on states’ rights. ” Today, Bond is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia where he teaches History of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1999, Bond received an honorary LL.D. from Bates College. In 2008, Bond received an honorary degree from George Washington University, where he delivered the 2008 Commencement keynote address.

 

Original Julian Bond Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 Inch Index Card. Regular Price – $ 95.00 / Sale Price – $ 49.95.

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