This Day in History

Jan. 9, 1967: Julian Bond Sworn in Georgia House of Representatives

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights

On Jan. 9, 1967, Julian Bond was finally sworn in as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. This was after a two year battle to claim his elected seat.

Following his election in 1965, the Georgia House refused to seat him because of his statements (on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in opposition to the Vietnam War. He was re-elected to his “vacant seat” and the House refused again.

Julian Bond 1967 | Zinn Education Project

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

He was then re-elected a third time. But not until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor was the legislature forced to relent.

While he was expelled, Bond wrote Vietnam: An Antiwar Comic Book on the history and economics of the war.