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Horace M. Bond
Horace M. Bond was born on this date in 1904. He was an African American teacher and administrator.
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 the age of 14.
Bond worked at Fisk, Dillard, Lincoln, and Atlanta universities, and from the 1930s through the 1960s, was one of the major 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.
Through his work with the Julius Rosenwald Fund, Bond was a powerful figure in directing and attracting philanthropic support to African American schools. He was a past president of Fort Valley State College and 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.
African Americans: Voices of Triumph
by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Copyright 1993, TimeLife Inc.