Black history should be a year-round lesson: Reflections on Julian Bond’s LBJ Speech

Julian Bond. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival, 2012 Since 1996, the Barbara Jordan Forum has been a means of honoring its namesake, a celebrated Texas politician and a beloved former LBJ professor. As a kick-off to this year’s program back in February, civil rights activist Julian Bond delivered a keynote address to a packed auditorium of about 800 attendees, including middle and high school students from the greater Austin community. His speech, and the problems they address, merit attention well after Black History month. Mr. Bond’s illustrious background includes co-founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and being elected...

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