Rights Leader Julian Bond to Speak at Wellesley College Oct.
Oct. 12, 2006
Mass. -- As an activist, writer, politician and professor, Julian
has remained committed to social justice since the 1950s. Today,
in addition to being chairman of the NAACP, the nation’s
oldest and largest civil rights organization, Bond is a distinguished
scholar in residence at American University and professor of history
at the University of Virginia. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 pm, Wellesley
College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee will
host Bond as he presents a lecture, “Civil Rights and Human
Rights,” in Tishman Commons in the Wang Campus Center. A
reception will follow, and the events are free and open to the
“He’s both a historically significant figure and a
contemporary force for change,” said Judith Rollins, professor
of Africana studies and sociology and chair of the MLK Jr. Memorial
Committee. “Since he was an undergraduate at Morehouse College
more than 50 years ago, he’s been contributing to our national
discussion of social justice. What’s remarkable about him
is not only this lifelong commitment, but also the versatility
of talents and approaches he’s used so effectively.”
Bond has been at the forefront of sit-ins, demonstrations and
other direct action in the pursuit of social justice. He has also
been a part of the founding of important organizations such as
the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Georgia Legislative
Black Caucus and the Southern Poverty Law Center. He held political
office for over 20 years; has written essays, columns and poetry;
and has played a part in the making of documentary films including
Eyes on the Prize and Hijacking Catastrophe.
“The consistent thread that runs through all of these activities
is an unwavering commitment to human rights, to creating a better
social world, a more just world, where the worth of every person
is recognized and where there is opportunity for every person to
develop her or his abilities,” Rollins said.
For more information
on the lecture, call 781-283-2563.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing
an excellent liberal arts education for women who will
make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.
For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.