Human Rights Leader Julian Bond to Speak at Wellesley College Oct. 19

For immediate release:
Oct. 12, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- As an activist, writer, politician and professor, Julian Bond 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 public.

“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.

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