"This civil rights pioneer, activist, organizer (who helped create the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center), writer, politician, and educator was present at many of the turning points of the late 20th and early 21st century."—John Timpane
"As the nation confronts another period of ethnic and racial backlash and upheaval, Michael G. Long has edited a wonderful collection of Bond's own words in Race Man: Selected Works, 1960-2015. . . . Bond’s life of activism and service, including his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), his time in the Georgia legislature, and his long involvement with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP, offers a powerful example of servant leadership that could serve as a roadmap for Americans today. . . . Long has carefully arranged and compiled writings which demonstrate how Bond evolved on critical social issues. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Bond’s support of equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community."—Daryl Carter
"When he died in 2015 at age 75, Julian Bond had spent nearly 60 years promoting his race. He was a race man in the old fashioned sense of the word, in the way Thurgood Marshall was a race man. As Bond himself put it simply in his only book, the 1972 A Time to Speak, a Time to Act. 'Most of my life has been colored by race, so much of my thinking focuses on race.' As an activist, one of Bond's extraordinary qualities is how broadly he interpreted this act of thinking, how many ethical dilemmas rolled into it. How unstinting was his commitment to nonviolence. This meant, for him, joining hands with LBGTQ activists, advocating for fair and equally funded education, it meant protesting the apartheid regime in South Africa. It meant expanding the notion of what it means to be violent. 'Violence is black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 5 years of education,' he writes. This book, assembled from talks and essays, op-eds and other literary interventions, is an inspiring example of how broad and many-sided a life spent advocating for black liberation could be in the 1960s, 1970s and on to our day. Bond was well aware of the Second Reconstruction being recreated in America, and the legal push to undo all of Johnson’s civil rights legislation. He would have despaired at Trump’s election and the way the courts are being packed with fellow travelers, chipping away at civil rights protections. Handing victory after victory to people on the side of the powerful and greedy. He also would have found ways to organize. This enormous-hearted, unflinching book gives readers a vision of how that can be done."—John Freeman, Lit Hub Executive Editor
"The San Francisco publishing house that produced books by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Jack Kerouac gives us this complete collection of writings by the late Julian Bond. A compilation of speeches, interviews and articles for publications such as Ebony and The Washington Post, the book spans the Georgia congressman's career as a civil and human rights leader from his undergraduate days at Morehouse College, where he was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, until the end of his life, when he championed gay marriage. Topics include his opposition to Jimmy Carter and Clarence Thomas, the bitter end to his friendship with John Lewis, and homophobia among African Americans."
"Long (I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters) offers a new look at civil rights leader Julian Bond (1940–2015). Bond was an influential activist and politician, helping to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery before representing Georgia in the House and Senate. This edited collection introduces Bond through his own writings as well as selected interviews with the author, successfully capturing the leader's evolving philosophy from the second half of the 20th century into the beginning of the 21st. Bond’s writings show the impact of his early decisions, including leaving Morehouse to become an activist along with his experiences with racism and with Jim Crow laws. The collection offers insight into Bond’s personal and professional triumphs and failures, along with his enduring legacy. Included is an afterword by historian Douglas Brinkley."
VERDICT: "The readability of Bond’s writings and the balance in the introductions make this an enjoyable, worthwhile, and essential volume that will appeal to a broad audience of readers interested in the civil rights movement and human rightsoverall, as well as to historians and political scientists."—Elizabeth Hayford,Library Journal, Starred Review
"This compilation of works by social activist and civil rights leader Julian Bond should be required reading in 2020. This anthology of essays, letters and interviews shines a light on an incomparable luminary."—Juliana Rose Pignataro, Newsweek