University of Pittsburgh
October 12, 2015

Building on the Legacy of Julian Bond

Pitt hosts panel discussion on how to carry on the work of the late civil-rights activist

Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH—Julian Bond—a lifelong social activist and leader in the civil-rights movement until his death in August at age 75—will be remembered at a University of Pittsburgh event Oct. 20 in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.Julian Bond 

Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems will host “Building on the Bond Legacy: Where Do We Go From Here?” at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Bond was the inaugural speaker when the center opened in 2002 and delivered the keynote address at the Race in America conference at Pitt in 2010. 

“We have had a unique relationship with Julian Bond,” said Larry E. Davis, director of the center and dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor in Pitt's School of Social Work. “The goal of this event is to advance the Bond legacy, not merely to celebrate it. We hope to foster and promote strategies that will move forward Bond's mission to promote social justice.”

The program is as follows: 

Larry E. Davis

Patricia E. Beeson, Pitt provost and senior vice chancellor

Reflections on Julian Bond
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Video Screening
“The Road to Freedom: From Alabama to Obama,” Bond's keynote address at Pitt’s 2010 Race in America conference.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Kathy Humphrey, Pitt senior vice chancellor for engagement, chief of staff, and secretary of the Board of Trustees

Donald Cravins Jr.
senior vice president for policy and executive director, National Urban League, Washington Bureau

Sammie Dow
director, Youth and College Division, NAACP

Jessica Ruffin
chief operating officer, Coro Pittsburgh; site director, Public Allies Pittsburgh

David Shribman
executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Larry E. Davis 

For more information, call 412-624-7379.