Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond to Speak at Germanna

by | Jan 26, 2015 | Schools & Education

Civil Rights leader Julian Bond will speak at Germanna Community College January 27, and participate in a panel discussion about the relevance today of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Other panel members include Rev. Lawrence A. Davies, the first African American member of Fredericksburg City Council, writer and local activist Chris Williams and Germanna Community College History Professor Eric Vanover.

As a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, Bond led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, but was not allowed to serve until the Supreme Court intervened. He served in the Georgia House from 1965 to 1975, followed by six terms (1975-86) in the Georgia Senate

He was co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, where he became the first African-American to be nominated for Vice President of the United States. He served 11 years as chairman of the NAACP.

Bond is currently Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Virginia. He has also taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and American, Drexel and Williams.

The talk, panel discussion and question-and-answer session are free and open to the public. There will be only 200 seats available on a first come, first served basis, Mike Zitz, Germanna Community College public information officer said.

The event, sponsored by the Germanna Education Foundation, will be held in Sealy Auditorium at Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg campus, 10000 Germanna Point Dr. It also will be streamed live on www.germanna.edu.

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