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Julian Bond Biography

Former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“When I was put out of the legislature, on the lower court level the ACLU and Chuck Morgan represented me… I knew the ACLU because of its civil rights activities as much as because of its civil liberties activities. And in my case – Bond v. Floyd – was a civil liberties case. This was my right to free speech. And the ACLU helped me immeasurably in that.”

Interview with Erika Clark, ACLU News, Winter 2005

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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1998-2010
  • Distinguished Professor in Residence, American University in Washington, D.C
  • Professor, University of Virginia, 1998-present
  • President and now President Emeritus, Southern Poverty Law Center, 1971-present
  • Recipient, National Freedom Award, 2002
  • Lecturer, University of Virginia, 1990-1998
  • Senator, Georgia Senate, 1975-1987
  • Member, Georgia House of Representatives, 1965-1975
  • Staff and Managing Editor, The Atlanta Inquirer, 1961
  • Co-founder, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Became SNCC’s communications director, responsible for its printing and publicity departments and editing the SNCC newsletter, The Student Voice.
  • Member, National Advisory Board, ACLU
  • Founder, Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), a student civil rights organization that helped win integration of Atlanta’s movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks
  • BA, English, Morehouse College, 1971
  • Hosted America’s Black Forum and still serves as a commentator for the show, 1980-1997
  • Commentator for radio’s Byline and for NBC’s Today Show
Quoted in:
  1. Is Desegregation in Public Schools Still Necessary to Achieve Racial Equality?
  2. Should the ACLU Defend Free Speech Rights of White Supremacists?