Area of Expertise: Civil rights, race relations
Additional Information: Julian Bond has been an activist in the civil rights, economic justice, and peace movements since his college years. In 1960, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and soon became its communications director. Earlier that year, he helped create the Atlanta University student civil rights organization, which directed several years of nonviolent protests and won integration of Atlanta’s movie theatres, lunch counters, and parks. Bond served 20 years in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, drafting more than 60 bills that became law. He was president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP for 11 years and in 1998, was elected chair of the NAACP national board and served for 11 terms until stepping down in 2010. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Bond received the Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Awards of Massachusetts and Georgia, and holds 25 honorary degrees. Time magazine named Bond as one of America’s top 200 leaders. Bond has hosted America’s Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication, NBC's Saturday Night Live and has narrated numerous documentaries, including the award-winning Eyes on the Prize series. Bond has been a commentator on NBC’s Today show and was the author of Viewpoint, a nationally syndicated newspaper column. A collection of Bond’s essays is published under the title A Time to Speak, A Time to Act. Other poems and articles have appeared in several publications, including the Nation, Life, and New York Times.