This Day in History

Jan. 19, 1966: Georgia State House Refused to Seat Julian Bond

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship
Julian Bond 1967 | Zinn Education Project

Jan. 10, 1966, one of the times Julian Bond was denied the right to be sworn in. Source: AJC

On Jan. 19, 1966, the Georgia State House of Representatives refused to seat state representative Julian Bond despite his election the previous November.

Their stated objection was his endorsement of a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee statement accusing the United States of violating international law in Vietnam.

In December 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Bond’s exclusion unconstitutional, and Bond was finally sworn in the following month.

Bond wrote a graphic novel about the Vietnam War while he was also fighting for the right to be able to take his elected seat.

Just about 100 years earlier, on Sept. 3, 1868, Henry McNeal Turner addressed the Georgia Legislature on its decision to expel himself and the other African American representatives from the legislature.