“We ourselves have often been victims of violence and confinement executed by United States governmental officials,” the SNCC read. “We recall the numerous persons who have been murdered in the South because of their efforts to secure their and human rights, and whose murderers have been allowed to escape penalty for their crimes.”
In the days leading up to the Jan. 10, 1966, swearing-in ceremony, 75 of the Georgia House of Representatives filed a petition that Bond’s opposition to the war “gave aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States and Georgia, violated the Selective Service laws, and tended to bring discredit and disrespect on the House.”
Bond’s political awakening began in early 1960 when he heard about the student in Greensboro, North Carolina. Deciding to take similar action in Atlanta, Bond and fellow Morehouse student Lonnie King created the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights. Shortly thereafter, Bond attended a student conference sponsored by SCLC at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the young activists decided to form SNCC. Bond was later hired as SNCC’s communications director.King, St
Julian Bond listens as Phillip Agnew speaks during a rally of the “Dream Defenders” at the State Capitol (2013).Georgia State Senator Julian Bond speaking at Miami-Dade Community College during Black History Month (1984).