Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Blackwell Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, Randolph-Macon College will host “An Evening with
Julian Bond: Race to the White House – The Politics of Civil Rights,” at 7:30 p.m.
in Blackwell Auditorium, in the R-MC Center for the Performing Arts, as part of
the Paul and Lois Watkins Lecture Series.
Julian Bond has been a leader in the movements for civil rights and economic justice
since the 1960’s, when he helped organize student sit-ins while a student at Morehouse
College in Atlanta, GA. His participation in protests through the south came with
the possibility of arrest, but ultimately landed him a seat in the Georgia General
Assembly. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives for more than 20 years.
Bond also has a long history with the Southern Poverty Law Center which was founded
in 1971. After serving as its first president, he continued as president emeritus
for many years, and remains active with the center today, by serving on its board
of directors. He is most noted for narrating two of the center's videos, the Academy
Award-winning "A Time for Justice" and "The Shadow of Hate," which was nominated
for an Oscar.
In 1995, Bond was elected to his fourth term on the National Board of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation's oldest and
largest civil rights organization. He has served as chairman of the NAACP since
his election in February 1998.
Bond earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in 1971. He holds
numerous honorary degrees and has served on the boards of many organizations working
for social change. Bond is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the
American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor in the history department
at the University of Virginia.
A collection of Bond's essays has been published in a book titled, A Time To Speak,
A Time To Act (Touchstone, June 1972). His poems and articles have appeared in The
New York Times, American Negro Poetry, the Los Angeles Times, and several other
The Watkins Lecture Series was established in 1999 by Marion Watkins Herget and
Dr. George D. Watkins ’44 and is named in honor of their parents. The program has
hosted a number of notable speakers including journalists Bob Woodward and David
Gergen and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.
This event is free and open to the public.