Julian Bond

Julian Bond is a Georgia state senator who gained national attention as an early standard bearer for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, he helped found the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. His outspoken opposition to the war in Vietnam was one of the contributing factors to the refusal by the Georgia House of Representatives to seat him after his first election in 1965.

In 1966 he won two special elections and, still barred, took his seat only after a United States Supreme Court decision in 1967. After serving four terms in the Georgia House, he was elected to the state senate in 1974 where he continues to serve.

He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Delta Ministry Project of the National Council of Churches. He is president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. His collected speeches have been published under the title A Time to Speak, A Time to Act.