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Farewell Julian Bond

Julian Bond was an advocate for justice and equality. Here at Palgrave Macmillan, we would like to pay tribute to one of the greats, and acknowledge the immeasurable contribution Julian Bond made to the civil rights movement.

To learn more about Julian Bond's life and his inspiring work, please visit the The New York Times, and follow the conversation on Twitter #JulianBond
Julian Bond, my colleague, friend and co-director, remained committed to this project over a 15-year period. I believe it was a form of civic engagement for him, illustrating the multiple roles of African Americans in shaping this country and in leading. He was so proud of this book and the project that he hand-delivered an autographed copy to President Obama at the NAACP convention in July. For the country and the world, the loss of Julian Bond is profound – a lifelong champion for human rights, a good and principled man, a leader of leaders is no more."
-- Phyllis Leffler
“The civil rights movement shaped my life. My values- then and now - are defined by it. I saw how individuals stepped up. I witnessed how leaders emerged - often surprising themselves. I happened to be one of them. My eyes opened to the collective power we share to create the America we want." - Julian Bond, foreword of Black Leaders on Leadership
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Black Leaders on Leadership

Conversations with Julian Bond

Drawing on a wealth of oral interviews collected by activist and politician Julian Bond and historian Phyllis Leffler, Black Leaders on Leadership uses the lives of prominent African Americans from all sectors of society to trace the contours of Black leadership in America. Included here are fascinating accounts from a wide variety of figures such as John Lewis, Clarence Thomas, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vernon Jordan, Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, and many more. Stories of identity are foregrounded here - stories about the self, about group and community, about value and meaning. These individual and collective memories form a genealogy of social and cultural identity, demonstrating how leadership emerges from historical struggle rooted in the promise of a brighter future, and providing valuable insights into the intractable disparities of race in America.

A website hosts the complete interviews, is fully searchable by topic, and allows the voices and the faces of those interviewed to come alive on the pages of the book through the use of QR codes. Educators will also find seven leadership lessons for use in classrooms on the website and a full glossary of terms in both printed and electronic formats.