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NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond anchors University of Chicago weeklong tribute to Martin Luther King

Jan. 5, 2007

Civil Rights Movement activist, historian and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Board Chairman Julian Bond will deliver the keynote address at the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, scheduled for noon on Monday, Jan. 15 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 1156 E. 59th St. Bond’s speech will anchor the University’s weeklong commemoration, beginning Monday, Jan. 8, of the life and work of King.

An opening reception featuring Teresa Hord Owens, Dean of Students in the University’s Divinity School, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8 at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Owens will kick off the week of activities delivering a portion of King’s historic 1967 against the Vietnam War that he gave at New York’s Riverside Church.

Ana Vazquez, Director of the University’s Office of Minority Student Affairs and Deputy Dean of Students, said this year’s events shed a contemporary light on many of the issues King worked on during his lifetime, including educational inequality, unfair housing policies and continued political conflicts and warfare.

“For some, the Civil Rights Movement is something you read about in history books. We want to connect history with the present struggles for many members of our nation. Therefore, this year’s keynote address will be given by someone who has lived and led during the Civil Rights Movement and continues to provide political and civic leadership on issues that are yet unresolved,” Vazquez said. “Julian Bond is a perfect fit. Not only does he understand the historical underpinnings of the Civil Rights Movement, but he also continues to challenge and lead us on local and national issues.”

Currently a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Residence at American University in Washington, D.C. and a professor in history at the University of Virginia, Bond has served as NAACP board chairman since 1998. While a student in 1960 at King’s undergraduate alma mater, Morehouse College, Bond became a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Atlanta and served as its communications director, leading student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia and voter registration drives throughout the south. Bond also was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and remains on the organization’s board of directors.

Bond spent more than two decades in the Georgia General Assembly. He first was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 but was prevented from taking his seat by members who objected to his vocal opposition of the Vietnam War. He ultimately gained the seat after a unanimous decision in his favor by the United States Supreme Court.

In 1968 Bond co-chaired the Loyalists group, a Georgia-based challenge delegation to the Democratic National Convention. The challengers successfully unseated Georgia’s regular democratic delegates. Bond was nominated for vice-president of the United States but withdrew his name from consideration because he was too young to serve.

The son of University of Chicago alumni and former Lincoln University President Horace Mann Bond, Julian Bond currently is a commentator on America’s Black Forum, the oldest black-owned television show in syndication. Bond’s poetry and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other national publications. Bond also has narrated several documentaries, including the Academy-Award winning “A Time for Justice.”

Please visit for more information. All events are free and open to the public:


Monday, January 8

  • MLK Week Opening Ceremony
    Teresa Hord Owens, Dean of Students in the University’s Divinity School, will deliver a portion of King's Riverside Sermon.
    Ida Noyes Hall — Third Floor Theatre
    1212 East 59th St.

Tuesday, January 9

  • Let Justice Roll Down Like Water: Library Resources on Civil Rights
    The University’s library system will highlight many of its resources related to African-American history, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. Visitors will have the opportunity to read newspaper articles from the movement, hear live speeches and sermons delivered by King, and watch a brief film documenting the rise and fall of a film industry devoted to portraying African-Americans of a certain period as people - not stereotypes.
    12:00pm-2:00pm Open House
    3:00pm-4:00pm Screening of "Midnight Ramble"
    Joseph Regenstein Library, Room A-11
    1100 East 57th St.
  • Community Panel on Housing
    Join us for a panel discussion and a viewing of You Are Here, a documentary produced by University students, which evaluates the history of the University in relation to the surrounding community.
    5:30pm-7:30 pm
    International House - Assembly Hall
    1414 East 59th St.

Wednesday, January 10

  • War and Moral Imperative Panel
    Panelists will reflect on Rev. Dr. King's anti-war views, with the sermon at Riverside Church (April 1967) as the starting point for conversation.
    Swift Hall — Third Floor Lecture Hall
    1025 East 58th St.

Thursday, January 11

  • Faculty Debate on Education
    Two University faculty members will debate the greatest challenge facing Chicago Public Schools students of color in the 21st century.
    Graduate School of Business Hyde Park Center
    Room 104A
    5807 South Woodlawn Ave.

Friday, January 12

  • Roots & Rhymes III: A Multicultural Celebration
    Come and enjoy refreshments, listen to live music, view vibrant dance, and experience enthralling spoken word and other forms of expression. Campus performers and artists include The Bhangra Team, Unaccompanied Women, The Gingarte Capoeira Group, and Travis. Doors open at 6:30pm.
    The University of Chicago
    International House - Assembly Hall
    1414 East 59th St.

Saturday, January 13

Sunday, January 14

  • Historic South Side Bus Tour
    Harold Lucas, CEO of the Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council, will be leading 1 to 1 1/2-hour bus tours at three separate times, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tours will include locations that were integral to the Civil Rights movement and King's work in Chicago.
    12:00pm- 4:00pm
    Buses depart The Reynolds Club
    5706 S. University Ave.

Monday, January 15

  • Memorial Service with Keynote Address
    Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board of the NAACP, will reflect on the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an emphasis on what still is left to be done. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 11:00am.
    12:00pm- 1:00pm
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
    1156 East 59th St.
  • MLK Day Reception
    Memorial Service attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and meet the keynote speaker, Julian Bond.
    1:00pm- 3:00pm
    Ida Noyes Hall — Third Floor Theatre
    1212 East 59th St.

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