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Julian Bond Biography

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

“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

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
Education:
  • BA, English, Morehouse College, 1971
Other:
  • 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?