Julian Bond

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Since college, Julian Bond has been an active role in civil rights, peace, and economic justice for all.

While studying at Morehouse College in 1960, Bond helped found a student sit-in and anti-segregation organization, and also co-founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was also a co-founder of a committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR). This organization directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation protests that won integration in many public facilities located in Atlanta.

Bond was first elected in 1965 for a year long term in the Georgia House of Representatives, but members of the house voted not to seat him because of his open opposition to the Vietnam war. Bond won a second election, but again the Georgia House voted against his membership. The United States Supreme Court found this had violated Bond's rights, and later he served in the Georgia House of representatives from 1967 to 1975, and in the Georgia senate from 1975 to 1987.

During the year 1986 he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but his run was unsuccessful. He was also the first African American nominated for Vice President by a major political party (Loyalists). He ended up withdrawing his name due to the age limit on serving the term.

Overall, Horace Julian Bond has made a very big impact on the United States and civil rights movements. He has served on myriads of boards and committees for civil rights and social change. Without the help of this man the civil rights of Americans might not be what they are today.