Julian Bond Papers Project Launch Event

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 4:00 PM
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The Julian Bond Papers Project Website Launch

On February 22nd, 2023, the Julian Bond Papers Project will officially launch its project website. The project received a grant from the U.S. National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to create a digital edition of the Julian Bond speeches housed in UVA Special Collections Library.

To date, the team has digitized close to 13,000 images, transcribed over 10,000 pages, engaged 400 volunteers, and employed 12 student research assistants. 

To frame our discussion, we have invited panelists to meditate on key speeches in the collection, which engage topics that preoccupied Julian Bond throughout his 50-year career as a crusader for civil rights and social justice. These include: voting rights and restrictions, race in American history, the racial symbolics of public monuments, economic justice, the fragility of democracy, and the importance of student activism. 

The event will include a showcase of the website and a panel discussion moderated by Project Director, Deborah E. McDowell and featuring: 

Kevin Gaines,  Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute

Derrick P. Alridge, Philip J. Gibson Professor of Education, Director, Center for Race and Public Education in the South

Jalane Schmidt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Memory Project

Please join us to celebrate this significant milestone!


Visit the links below for a "sneak peek" of documents from the collection: 

Speech at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change Conference on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, 1975 January 13 (2 of 2) 

Speech--"What's Next?" before the Psychiatric Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 May 10 

Speech concerning Flags as Powerful Symbols before the Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995 November 10 

Speech concerning Youthful Activism and the Role They Play in the Struggle for Better Conditions, 1971 August 21   


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