A charismatic national board officer of the NAACP, an adjunct history professor at American University in the nation’s Capitol and, in earlier life, Georgia’s youngest state senator and a civil rights activist who helped lead Atlanta’s student movement which led to the creation of The Atlanta Inquirer, Julian Bond—never one who was hesitant to speak his mind.
H. Julian Bond, born Jan. 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tenn., was a ‘man for all seasons’ who catapulted onto the national scene within civil/human rights, in particular, upon he and other student activists, including John Lewis, James Lawson and Robert Moses, founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), in 1960, upon SCLC’s Ella Baker making the suggestion as a duplication of sit-in protests by students of North Carolina who attended Shaw University and other area schools. Although meant as a precursor for SCLC’s youth division, SNCC would retain its autonomy with initiatives although the organization, under Bond’s leadership as communications director, continued to work with SCLC and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in particular, in securing voting rights for black Americans. In Atlanta as a Morehouse College student, Bond is noted, along with classmate Lonnie King, for creating the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights after learning of student protests in North Carolina. As the public organ to inform the Atlanta community of local students seeking to gain civil rights, Bond, King and other students, with local community and business leaders’ assistance, formed The Atlanta Inquirer in August, 1960.
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