Julian Bond on the Vietnam War and the Black Vote as a "Third Force," Logan Hall, Tuskegee Institute
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On Sunday January 29, 1967, Julian Bond gave an impromptu informal talk at Logan Hall as part of Tuskegee's Interim week event. Julian Bond was a longtime civil rights activist and founding member and national spokesperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He came to Tuskegee only 20 days after finally being sworn in and seated as a member of the Georgia state House of Representatives, after a year-and-a-half long legal battle following his election in 1965. Bond spoke at Tuskegee on the importance of defending the right to speak out for "things that are said to be radical" and to listen to those who say "strange and difficult things." He commented on the progress of the civil rights movement in the six years since the beginning of the sit-in campaigns in 1960 and to consider the way forward for the movement, discussing the importance of efforts towards independent political organizing and independent political parties, such as the Lowndes County Freedom Organization and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that might begin to organize new black voters as a "third force" in American politics. In a wide-ranging Question and Answer session, he addressed his plans for the upcoming legislative session in Georgia, the meaning of "Black Power," recent race riots in Atlanta, and the reasons for his controversial public statements in opposition to the war in Vietnam.
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