American Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond to Speak at St. Mark's

The St. Mark's Office of Community and Equity Affairs is pleased to be hosting Julian Bond on April 25, 2014. Mr. Bond's visit is a highlight of the year-long conversation about race and privilege that began in September when American anti-racism activist Tim Wise spoke to students, faculty, and Trustees about the need for developing cross-cultural competency, one of the core tenets of the Global Citizenship arm of the Strategic Plan.

Bond, a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 while still a student at Morehouse College. After graduating, he helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center, and was its president from 1971-79. Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, but white members refused to seat him. In 1966, the US Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied him his freedom of speech and had to seat him, and he went on to serve 21 years in the Georgia House and Senate. He later served 11 years as chairman of the NAACP.

"I can't tell you how exciting it is to craft programming and curriculum that engages our students, faculty, and the broader St. Mark's community in discussions about privilege as it relates to gender, race, sexual identity, religion, and socio-economic class," commented Ava Archibald, Director of Community and Equity Affairs. "As we matriculate students into a quickly changing and ever more global community, the importance of developing cross-cultural competency skills is central to any endeavor our students pursue."

Alumni and parents with an interest in social justice are invited to join the conversation in a gathering following the lecture. Interested individuals please email Ava Archibald or call her at 508-786-6041.