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Julian Bond: Their Goal Was to Crush Dissent

Julian Bond is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and professor of history at the University of Virginia. He first became immersed in the civil rights movement as a college student in the early 1960s in Atlanta. He led student sit-ins and helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Since then, he's had a long public service career, including serving as a Georgia lawmaker and chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Bond knows he's been under government scrutiny but that has never deterred him from pursuing social justice.

My Story

Crushing Political Dissent. During the heyday of the civil rights movement, black people generally ... (0:55)
Impact of Surveillance. I knew, or sort of intuited then, that agents of the FBI ... (0:52)
Targeting Dr. King. I have an FBI photograph of Martin Luther King and Stanley Levinson ... (0:47)
Surrendering Liberty. There is a large body of opinion in the United States then and now that ... (0:53)


Stifling Dissent. In times of crisis, one argument is that surveillance is warranted for national security. Another is that unchecked surveillance will be used to stifle dissent. Eric Hallengren, Julian Bond, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Edith Bell, Peter Ackerman and Leslie Salgado describe how the lines get blurred between stifling dissent and protecting the nation.