An inspiring, historic collection of writings from one of America's most important civil rights leaders.
"Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life. Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that."—President Barack Obama
Few have done more to advance the goals and legacy of the American Civil Rights Movement than Julian Bond. Race Man—a collection of his speeches, articles, interviews, and letters—constitutes an unrivaled, first-person history of the life and times of one of America's most trusted freedom fighters. This comprehensive anthology of Bond's writings offers unfiltered access to his prophetic voice on a plethora of social issues, including police brutality, abortion, and same-sex marriage.
A man who broke race barriers and set precedents throughout his life in politics, Julian Bond was a leader and a visionary who built bridges between the black Civil Rights Movement and other freedom movements—especially for LGBTQ and women's rights. As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, there is no better time to return to Bond's works and words, many of them published here for the first time.
"Endlessly grateful for this collection of work that shows the expansive nature of Julian Bond's ideas of black liberation, and how those ideas are woven into the fabric of both resistance and uplift. Race Man is the map of a journey that was not only struggle and not only triumph. It is revitalizing, now, to have this to reach for as a reminder that our fight was present long before this present moment, and will live on well beyond it. A reminder that in our taking to these struggles, we must care for the most marginalized among us. What a generous text, for how it injects history into our purpose."—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays
"Race Man is the essential collection of Julian Bond's wisdom—and required reading for the organizers and leaders who follow in his footsteps today."—Marian Wright Edelman, President Emerita, Children's Defense Fund
"Julian Bond articulated, and modeled through his life of service, an idea of Black liberation that was expansive, principled, and pioneering. Race Man: The Collected Works of Julian Bond, 1960-2015 is a staggering collection that offers a genealogy of Bond's freedom-oriented politics and soul work as captured in his written words. Race Man is a book that looks back and speaks forward. It is a timely example of what movement building can look like when servant leaders refuse to leave the most vulnerable out of their visions for Black freedom. We need that reminder, like never before, today."—Darnell L. Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America
"Julian Bond's Race Man anthology offers a uniquely perceptive and cogent overview of the African-American freedom struggle during its heyday in the 1960s and the perilous decades that have followed."—Clayborne Carson, Director, The Martin Luther King Jr Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
"The fight for civil rights has had many heroes, but, as these pages make clear, few have loomed as large as Julian Bond. Future generations will know Julian Bond as a warrior for good who helped conquer hate in the name of love. More importantly, they will live in a world that is far more just and far more equal because of him."—Chad Griffin, former President of the Human Rights Campaign