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November 5, 2013

Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former chairman of the NAACP, will be featured at the next President's Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall. As an activist who faced jail for his convictions; a veteran of more than 20 years of service in the Georgia General Assembly; a writer, teacher and lecturer, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since he was a Morehouse College student leading sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960. At the Democratic National Convention in 1968, he was nominated for vice president of the United States, the first African-American so honored by a major political party. He withdrew his name because he was too young to serve. As chairman of the board of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010, Bond worked to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African-Americans and the poor continue to endure. He received the prestigious National Freedom Award in 2002 and was also named one of America's Top 200 Leaders by Time magazine. In 2008, he was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, a professor at the University of Virginia Department of History, where he is co-director of Explorations in Black Leadership. The event is free and open to the public with reservations on a first-come basis. Call 508.531.6123 to make a reservation or visit