Lifelong Activist Julian Bond to Speak at TU Civil Rights Lecture Sept. 5

Friday, June 27, 2003

Published on 6/27/03

Julian Bond, a lifelong participant in the movements for civil rights and economic justice, will speak at The University of Tulsa’s fourth annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 5, in Kendall Hall on the TU campus. The free lecture is sponsored by the TU College of Law as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. A reception will follow.

“Julian Bond has been on the cutting edge in the struggle for racial equality and human rights for more than four decades,” said Paul Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at TU. “He remains a national spokesman for civil rights.”

Today Bond serves as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Also a writer, teacher and lecturer, he is currently a distinguished scholar in residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia.

As a college student, Bond led sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960. He became one of the first black public officials, serving more than 20 years in the Georgia general assembly. In 1971, when the Southern Poverty Law Center was founded, he became its first president. He continues as president emeritus.

The Buck Colbert Franklin lecture is named in honor of one of the first black attorneys in Oklahoma, who played a critical role representing victims of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. For more information, e-mail rita-langford@utulsa.edu or call 631-2560.