CORVALLIS - Julian Bond, who rose to prominence during the 1968 Democratic Convention, will deliver a major lecture on civil rights next spring at Oregon State University, OSU officials announced today.

Since leading college student sit-in demonstrations in 1960, Bond has been an active, vocal and well-recognized figure in civil rights movements.

He will deliver a free public lecture at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center on the evening of March 11. Tentative title is "Civil Rights: Now and Then."

"This is an opportunity to involve the community in the national dialogue on the importance of civil rights," said Jon "Joe" Hendricks, director of University Honors College. "Julian Bond played a pivotal role in bringing civil rights to the national agenda, and he now has the advantage of a long-term perspective in viewing civil rights."

Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 and again in 1966, but the house voted not to seat him, ostensibly for his opposition to the war in Vietnam. In 1968, he was nominated for Vice President of the United States, the first African-American to be so honored by a major political party. Bond withdrew his name from consideration because he was too young.

Still active in civil rights, Bond is on the faculty of the University of Virginia.

His appearance in Corvallis will be sponsored by OSU's University Honors College, which also hosted law professor Anita Hill for a lecture earlier this year.

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Joe Hendricks, 541-737-6400