August 19, 2015 |
Julian Bond wasn't born in Pennsylvania, but many considered the civil rights leader, who died Saturday, a native son. In 1945, at the age of 5, he came to the state from Nashville when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American president of Lincoln University. At 17, he left when his father became a dean at Atlanta University. Later, at Morehouse College, Bond became a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His long career in the movement reached its pinnacle in 1998, when he became chairman of the NAACP, a post he held for 11 years.
August 18, 2015 |
Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who died Saturday, was born in Tennessee but moved to Pennsylvania as a boy. In 1945, his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American president of Lincoln University in Chester County, according to the university website. The elder Bond served Lincoln, his alma mater, until 1957. Julian Bond graduated in 1957 from George School, a private Quaker high school near Newtown, Bucks County. "We were shocked and saddened to hear of Julian's death," said George head of school Nancy Starmer.
August 18, 2015 |
IT WAS 2006 - well past the time when Julian Bond could have easily coasted on his laurels as a founding father of the U.S. civil-rights movement who'd fought all the way to the Supreme Court to become one of Georgia's first black lawmakers. But when Bond learned that Pennsylvania was considering a bill to allow interest rates as high as 400 percent on so-called "payday loans," the then-NAACP chairman had to speak up. That's what he always did when he saw a perceived injustice. "Payday lenders prey on poor and working class families, a disproportionate number of whom are African-American, literally stealing money from their victims," Bond wrote to then-Gov.
May 30, 2012 |
When leaders lead, especially on difficult social issues that demand the end of an injustice or the expansion of liberty, people will follow. The NAACP's resolution supporting marriage equality is the most important sign yet that President Obama's public support of it had the power to change hearts and minds. While individual NAACP leaders have spoken out in favor of allowing gays to wed, most notably chairman emeritus Julian Bond, the organization hadn't spoken with one voice — until now. And as remarkable as the resolution is, what's equally noteworthy is the vote.
October 4, 2011 |
A new study by a prominent antidiscrimination group gives 35 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, failing grades when it comes to teaching students about the civil rights movement. Officials of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released the study, also found that Pennsylvania was among 16 states that did not require that the history of the movement be taught in public school. "An educated populace must be taught basics about American history," civil rights activist and former center president Julian Bond wrote in the report's foreword.
March 25, 2010 |
Plymouth Whitemarsh's Jaylen Bond may have picked the perfect time to get rid of the blues, caused by foul-shooting woes, that have plagued him recently. Last night, in a PIAA Class AAAA state semifinal against North Allegheny, with University of Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon watching him for the first time, Bond delivered a monster performance to place PW within a win of its first state championship since 1997. Fueling a 16-2 scoring surge, Bond erupted for 12 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter as the Colonials broke open a two-point game and blasted the Tigers, 71-47, at Chambersburg Area High.
March 18, 2010 |
Plymouth Whitemarsh went into last night's PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball second-round game against Frankford having scored 70 points or more in 16 of its 28 games. But for much of the first half, there might have been some doubt whether the two teams would combine for 70 points. Ultimately, the District 1 runner-up Colonials prevailed, 66-43, after a third-quarter surge that gave them an 11-point lead. Once the Colonials put some daylight between themselves and Frankford, they were never really threatened.
March 3, 2010 |
From seeing him on film, West Chester Rustin had an idea of what to expect out of Plymouth Whitemarsh's C.J. Aiken in last night's PIAA Class AAAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal playoff matchup. However, the fifth-seeded Golden Knights never anticipated the 6-foot-10 senior standout to dominate the paint the way he did. Aiken racked up nine blocks in the opening 16 minutes, finished with 11 rejections, and added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the top-seeded Colonials waltzed to a 79-47 victory at Villanova.
December 10, 2009 |
Plymouth Whitemarsh came close to winning it all last season, but if this year's Colonials play up to preseason expectations, they might go beyond merely getting close. Twelfth-year coach Jim Donofrio returns 11 players and four starters from a group that shared last season's Suburban One American title with Norristown and fell just short in the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals to finish 24-5. "I haven't had a team this advanced this early in the season," said Donofrio, whose 2005-06 team opened 27-0.
May 23, 2008
Incoming NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous is getting lots of good wishes. But he knows that he has a mighty tall order to fill. Only three years ago, similar tidings were sent to Bruce Gordon, the Camden native whose business acumen was supposed to resurrect the NAACP's stature as the nation's premier civil rights organization. Instead, after 19 months at the helm, Gordon and the NAACP declared irreconcilable differences and divorced. Gordon and NAACP board chairman Julian Bond, who also has roots in the Philadelphia area, never agreed on what should be the organization's focus going forward.