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Horace M. Bond
Horace M. Bond was born on this date in 1904. He was a Black teacher and administrator.
From Kentucky, Bond was the grandson of slaves, the sixth of seven children. His mother was a schoolteacher, his father a minister, and both had attended Oberlin College. Bond excelled as a student, graduating from high school at 14.
He worked at Fisk, Dillard, Lincoln, and Atlanta universities, and from the 1930s through the 1960s, he was one of the significant voices calling for equal educational opportunities and services for Blacks. Bond wrote several classic well-known academic articles and books on Blacks and education, including "The Education of the Negro in the American Social Order," 1934, and "Negro Education in Alabama: A Study in Cotton and Steel," in 1939.
Bond was influential in directing and attracting philanthropic support to African American schools through his work with the Julius Rosenwald Fund. He was a past president of Fort Valley State College. His son Julian Bond became a prominent civil rights activist, the first African American elected to the Georgia House of Representatives since the Reconstruction. Horace M. Bond died on Dec. 21, 1972.