On This Day

Activist and civil rights leader Julian Bond

Gift from Dawn Simon Spears and Alvin Spears, Sr.

Julian Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. The activist group made significant contributions to the 1960s civil rights movement, leading seat-ins and taking part in Freedom Rides to desegregate buses. During his long career, Bond was one of eight African American men to be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, integrating the office for the first time since Reconstruction. However, other members protested his seat in a case that went to Supreme Court. Bond served in the Georgia General Assembly for 20 years, to include for terms in the House and six in the Senate.