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March 17, 2014

Julian Bond to speak at Georgia College

MILLEDGEVILLE —

The Georgia College Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will hold its annual Flagg Legacy Social Justice Spring Lecture Series Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.

This year's distinguished speaker will be Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP and the first African-American U.S. vice presidential nominee.

Bond has been an active social change agent since the 1960s. As a student at Morehouse College, he was the founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organizing voting drives and sit-ins.

In 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and was denied his seat by legislators until the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. He went on to serve four terms in the House and six terms in the Georgia Senate.

He became the first African-American nominated for vice president of the United States in 1968 when he was co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

From 1998 to 2010, Bond worked to educate the public about the Civil Rights movement as chairman of the NAACP.

Also an established author, Bond wrote "A Time to Speak, A Time to Act" and "Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences."

An expert on diversity in the law, Bond is a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and he continues to deliver a powerful message of equality, freedom and justice to stages across America.

The Flagg Social Justice Lecture Series is named for the Rev. Wilkes B. Flagg of Baldwin County, in honor of and in recognition of his lifelong contributions to educational advancement and social justice.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 478-445-4233.

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