The south end of the UVA Lawn at night

Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm and Blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll

Date & Time

June 1, 2012 @ 9:30 - 10:45am


Wilson Hall
Room 402



Julian Bond, a Professor of History and former chairman of the NAACP, will present a history of American music. He will trace the melding of jazz, blues, country music, and pop into rock ‘n’ roll, stopping along the way to examine the influences of race, demographics, war, immigration and technology in this transformation.


Julian Bond

Julian Bond, Professor, Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies, in the Department of History, is a longtime civil rights leader and a civil rights historian. Bond also served as national chair of the NAACP. As part of U.Va.’s oral history project, Explorations in Black Leadership, he is interviewing many influential African Americans about this topic. Bond’s writings include: Time to Speak, A Time to Act, The Movement In Politics, the Foreword to Fallen Prince: William James Edwards. Black Education and the Quest for Afro-American Nationality by Donald Stone, The Voting Rights Act of 1965–A Participant’s Commentary, delivered to the New England Historical Society, the Foreword to If They Come In The Morning by Angela Davis, and What’s Next? in Listening: Current Studies in Dialogue.