Former NAACP board chairman Julian Bond to speak at College of Charleston

Mug of Julian Bond

The College of Charleston is hosting a presentation by Julian Bond, the former national chairman of the board of the NAACP.

The Feb. 6 event, entitled "The Road to Freedom, From Alabama to Obama," is free and open to the public.

It is being hosted by the college's Office of Institutional Diversity, and is being offered in honor of Black History Month.

Bond is a civil rights leader who always has been on the cutting edge of social change and leadership. In addition to his role with the NAACP, he was the first black U.S. vice presidential nominee, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He continues to deliver a powerful message of equality, freedom, and justice with a renewed sense of relevance.

According to John Bello-Ogunu, the college's chief diversity officer, "The oral and written history of the struggles of blacks in America will be incomplete without the immeasurable contributions of Mr. Julian Bond to social justice in America. He is one of the most influential social justice leaders of our time, and to have him as the keynote speaker for the College of Charleston's 2014 Black History Month celebrations is a gift beyond measure."