WHO: Julian Bond distinguished adjunct professor department of government, American University

WHAT: Discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy and the Civil Rights movement 50 years after the March on Washington.

WHEN: January 15 - ongoing

WHERE: Via telephone, in-studio, or at American University

Contact: J. Paul Johnson American University Communications, 202-885-5943 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Julian Bond, distinguished adjunct professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, is a lifelong, dedicated civil rights leader, and witness to the events making up the United States’ modern civil rights history. Bond is available to discuss Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Bond can discuss:

The March on Washington 50 years later;

Civil Rights successes and disappointments through the present;

How Martin Luther King’s efforts and legacy helped other discriminated against groups achieve successes; and,

Work which still needs to be done to advance Martin Luther King’s vision including the reduction of poverty.

Bond, who was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which played a major role in organizing freedom rides and sit-ins to fight for civil rights, took part in organizing the March on Washington 50 years ago.

For more than a decade, he chaired of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Concurrent to his civil rights leadership, Bond also served as a Georgia legislator for 20 years, and as a professor and writer.