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Julian Bond Comes to Town
By Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor)
Published June 11, 2009

Julian_Bond              Denise Nicholas
Julian Bond                                                                   Denise Nicholas

An icon of the Civil Rights Movement, Julian Bond has been in the forefront of the struggle for civil rights for the past five decades and is still going strong.


 For the past eleven years Julian Bond has been the chairman of the NAACP, the oldest Civil Rights Organization in the nation; he has continued to lead the venerable organization that ushered in one of the greatest landmarks in America jurisprudence, “Brown vs Board of Education.” Bond has been a civil rights activist, legislator, professor, writer, teacher and lecturer, and he will be at the California African American Museum (CAAM) to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the NAACP on Friday, June 12. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park.

As a student activist during the 60s, Bond walked with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and led sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta. He was one of the founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where he began a career that included active involvement in the fight for equal rights, economic justice and social change. He was one of the youngest elected officials in the state of Georgia.

In addition to the NAACP celebration at CAAM, Bond said his visit, “is primarily to attend this event at the African American Museum which will be an opportunity for the NAACP to make new friends and say hello to some old friends, and maybe even raise some money.”

The event which is headlined “An Evening with Julian Bond,” sub-titled “NAACP Celebrating 100 Years in Pictures,” will be hosted by the legendary actress of screen and television, Denise Nicholas, who is also a social activist and an author. It will be by invitation only.

“The NAACP Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch is one of our most active branches and Willis Edwards, one of our board members, who is also one of our most active board members, is responsible for putting all of this together,” Bond continued, “as well as meetings with people in Los Angeles, who we hope will become contributors or will increase the contributions they’ve already made.”

Both CAAM and the NAACP are institutions that have focused primarily on issues relevant to African Americans and it is a fitting tribute to host this historic event, honoring Bond, at CAAM. He concluded, “I’m in my eleventh term as NAACP board chairman and my term expires in February next year, and after that I will not run again. I will still be on the board; I just will not be chairman anymore.”

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