Civil rights leader provides first-hand perspective on race history

Civil rights leader provides first-hand perspective on race history


Julian Bond Julian Bond, former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), talked about race, its role in history and today’s political environment as the keynote speaker of the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Banquet.

“Those who say race is history are wrong,” he said. “History is race.”

Bond’s discussion spanned decades — from his participation in the movements for civil rights and economic justice during the 1960s to his observations on today’s political agenda and his involvement in a recent protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline at the White House.

Bond, who helped established the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia Senate.

“The greatest impediment to achieving racial equity is the narcotic belief that we already have,” he said. #BUSpeakerSeries