1966 December 5

Supreme Court Orders Georgia Legislature to Seat Julian Bond


Civil rights leader Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, but the legislature refused to seat him in January 1966, because of his civil rights activities and political views. Bond had been one of the leaders of the sit-ins in Atlanta, George, in 1960, and was also a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In Bond v. Floyd, decided on this day, the Supreme Court unanimously ordered him seated, which he was on January 9, 1967.

The Court: “Just as erroneous statements must be protected to give freedom of expression the breathing space it needs to survive, so statements criticizing public policy and the implementation of it must be similarly protected.”

Watch an interview with Julian Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlJxPpGUggY

Read: Julian Bond, A Time to Speak, A Time to Act (1972)

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