Morehouse Alumni & Atlanta City Councilmember – Michael Julian Bond endorsed the formerly known “National Better Black Business Bureau” now the Black Certification Agency inc. Micheal Julian Bond is the son of Horace Julian Bond.
Horace Julian Bond (January 14, 1940 – August 15, 2015) was an American social activist, leader of the civil rights movement, politician, professor, and writer. While he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 1960s, he helped establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or Atlanta Student Movement (SNCC). In 1971, he helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and served as its first president for nearly a decade.
Bond was elected to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later he was elected to serve six terms in the Georgia State Senate, serving a total of twenty years in both legislative chambers. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In an interview conversation with Sidique King, BCA Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bond discussed how Americans of all backgrounds have grappled with the harsh reality of police brutality. With a recognition that the struggles of the African-American community extend far past police brutality, the African-American community is finding practical solutions for their community with the National Better Black Business Bureau.
Sidique King interviewed Mr. Bonds about the NBBBB, and here were his responses:
Why is something like the National Better Black Business Bureau needed in 2021? And in Atlanta?
Mr. Bond: Atlanta like any metropolitan city has always had a concentration of black and brown entrepreneurs…there has been a lot of successes in our history but we are reaching a new phase in this new century where the majority now have an greater awareness of the struggles African Americans have had.
What is the significance of this organization being established by men who are associated with Morehouse College?
Mr. Bond: The mystic of Morehouse men is truly deeply rooted in action and the strides our brothers take everywhere they go once they leave campus.
In his final statement, Mr. Bond said, “It is appropriate that you are here in Atlanta, GA. Sixty years ago, Morehouse students desegregated this same building. Ninety-five years ago, Booker T Washington cut the ribbon on the Auburn Ava. It is appropriate that you are undertaking this effort in a long stride of African American Achievement.
Author – Alonzo Frederic