NAACP Chairman Julian Bond To Receive Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award

NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond will receive the 2005 Hubert H. Humphrey award presented by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights May 4, 2005 during their annual dinner at the Hilton Washington and Towers hotel. The Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Award salutes individuals or organizations that best exemplify Vice-President Hubert Humphrey's legacy of "selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality."

Chairman Bond said: "It is a great honor to receive an award named for a real civil rights hero, and offered by the national civil rights coalition that defends justice in our capitol and around the country. I'll do my best to live up to their high standards and those of Vice President Hubert Humphrey."

Julian Bond has led the fight for civil rights for over 40 years. He is a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and is world renowned as an activist who has been on the cutting edge of social change since 1960.

Elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was prevented from taking his seat by members who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. Bond was co-chair of a challenge delegation from Georgia to the 1968 Democratic Convention. The challengers were successful in unseating Georgia's regular Democrats, and Bond was nominated for Vice-President, but had to decline because he was too young.

While serving in the Georgia Senate, Bond became the first black chair of the Fulton County Delegation, the largest and most diverse in the upper house, and chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee. During his legislative tenure, he was sponsor or co-sponsor of more than 60 bills which became law.

In addition to being a civil rights leader, Bond is an acclaimed writer and prominent professor at the University of Virginia, and American University. He holds twenty-one honorary degrees.

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