Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. She is completing SNCC's Stories: Narrative Culture and the Southern Freedom Struggle of the 1960s for the University of Georgia Press and and writing The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History for Cambridge University Press.

In Memoriam: Legendary Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond

Activist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer, Poet and Educator, Julian Bond’s social activism and his long-standing service includes as Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest civil rights organisation in America from 1998 to 2010.

Julian Bond would have been at the celebratory centre of my British Academy-sponsored conference on “Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s: Transatlantic Conversations on History, Race and Rights”. Julian Bond embodied the conference theme, as a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and SNCC’s Communications Director from 1961-66.

Instead, the conference will take place in his honour and in his memory. Continue reading