Horace Julian Bond (1940-2015) was an iconic leader in the civil rights movement, a politician, professor, writer, and activist. A founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he also served as president of the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1971 to 1979, and remained president emeritus until his death. He served 10 years in the Georgia House and six terms in the Georgia Senate. From 1998 to 2010, Bond was the board chairman of the NAACP. He taught at several universities, including the University of Virginia, where he spent 20 years as a professor in the history department.
Compiled from his original lecture notes, Julian Bond’s Time to Teach brings his gripping experiences to a new generation of readers and provides an essential toolkit for today’s activists in the era of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. Beginning with the movement’s origins in the early 20th century, Bond tackles key events such as the Montgomery bus boycott, the Little Rock Nine, Freedom Rides, sit-ins, Mississippi voter registration, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing, the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act, Freedom Summer, and Selma. He explains the youth activism, community ties, and strategizing required to build strenuous and successful movements. With these firsthand accounts of the civil rights movement and original photos from Danny Lyon, Julian Bond’s Time to Teach makes history come alive.