Horace Julian Bond (1940-2015) was a leader in the civil rights movement, a politician, professor, writer, and activist. A founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he went on to serve as president of the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1971 to 1979. He served 10 years in the Georgia House and 6 terms in the Georgia Senate. From 1998-2010, Bond was the Board Chairman of the NAACP. He taught at several universities including the University of Virginia where he spent 20 years as professor in the history department. He is the author of A Time To Speak, A Time To Act. Pamela Horowitz was one of the first lawyers hired at the Southern Poverty Law Center. She worked in partnership with her late husband, Julian Bond, in multiple public, private, and academic projects and is involved in several activities honoring his legacy. Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is the author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (NAACP Image Award winner 2014) and A More Beautiful and Terrible History. Jeanne was Julian Bond's student, teaching assistant, and mentee. Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.
It's easy to understand why these courses would have been popular. His lectures are accessible, comprehensive, and compelling, and Bond, who once hosted Saturday Night Live, and who appeared in a couple of commercial films, was a charismatic presence. This authoritative testimony is bound to become a staple of American civil rights literature. -Booklist, Starred Review Julian Bond lived this history with unflinching dignity and matchless grace. I miss him dearly. Our wounded country needs every lesson he teaches. -Taylor Branch, author of the trilogy America in the King Years There was no better teacher of the civil rights movement than Julian Bond. There is no better book for learning the civil rights movement than Julian Bond's Time to Teach. Bond's window into his movement will always be with us. His lessons for our movement will always be with us. An utterly invaluable resource. -Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Julian Bond's Time to Teach is a must-read for anybody interested in the civil rights struggle. Every chapter radiates deep wisdom, fierce historical reality, and far-sighted philosophical insights. Heroism and shame abound. Bond brilliantly comes to grips with what freedom, social justice, and genuine racial equality are about in the American (and global) context. A stupendous book for the ages! -Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History, Rice University, and author of Rosa Parks: A Life Julian Bond, who was one of the greatest people I ever met, was a dedicated teacher, scholar, and civil rights leader. His lectures on the civil rights movement inspired countless young people, helping them recognize their own power as change agents. How incredible that, for the first time, Bond's lectures are fully captured here and are available to a new generation of activists. Julian Bond's Time to Teach is a gift and should be required reading for every American. Bond's words are a guiding light to the power we all possess. -Dave Matthews, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Julian Bond had a piercing moral clarity from a very young age, and it illuminated his teachings as an elder of the civil rights movement. The lessons in these lectures speak directly to the urgency of now, like an unsparing and prophetic admonishment to those who can or will not remember the past. -Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Julian Bond's words continue to educate, inspire, and provoke. As we witness the emergence of new sensibilities regarding the complex ways racism has structured our institutions, Time to Teach reminds us of historical continuities, unfulfilled dreams, and collective hope for the future. -Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz