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Julian Bond - Living Legends

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Awarded: April 2008
(Jan. 14, 1940 - Aug. 15, 2015)

Civil-rights activist Julian Bond was the chairman of the board of the NAACP. As a student at Morehouse College in 1960, he was a founder of the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization and of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives but was prevented from taking his seat by members of that chamber who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He finally took his place in the Georgia House following a third re-election and a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bond was also a poet and author and has narrated several documentaries, including the prize-winning series “Eyes on the Prize.”

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