Produced by
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970
Subject of
Rep. Bond, Julian, American, 1940 - 2015
O'Dwyer, Paul, American, 1907 - 1998
Maddox, Lester, American, 1915 - 2003
acetate film
Duration: 11 Minutes
Length (Film): 420 Feet
This 16mm film is a short documentary produced for the National Educational Television program Black Journal. It examines the promising political career of civil rights activist and then member of the Georgia State Legislature, Julian Bond.
This 16mm color film is a short documentary produced for the Black Journal television program on the early and promising political career of Julian Bond; a civil rights activist and then member of the Georgia State Legislature. In this short film, Julian Bond discusses his constituents and political conflicts and goals as a black activist.
The film begins with the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Democrats announced their nomination of Julian Bond for Vice President of the United States. The narrator then begins to describe who Julian Bond is and how he started his political career as a civil rights activist, and later shifting his efforts to the political arena. Julian Bond discusses why he got involved in politics and how he hopes to use it to implement some of the changes he advocated for during his years as an activist. As a young and popular politician, he is in high demand and travels to New York to campaign on behalf of New York State Senatorial candidate Paul O'Dwyer. In New York, he engages in a light debate with an African American bystander who questions why he would campaign on behalf of a Ccaucasian politician that he believes is focused on black rights and progress. Another clip from the 1968 Democratic National Convention plays, in which Bond mentions Lester Maddox. An interview with Bond inside of a moving car follows. Julian Bond discusses the economic and social demographic of his constituents, as well as his options for effectively creating change from within the political system. He also discusses his opinions on segregation and integration, and the pros and cons of each regarding specific things like public education and black owned businesses. The films ends with the narrator asking whether or not Julian Bond can continue to express the will of black America while still attracting support from white America.
Place filmed
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Pearl Bowser Collection
Black Journal
Media Arts-Film and Video
sound films
color films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Civil rights
Race discrimination
Race relations
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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