Keynote Conversation

Whose Beloved Community?

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 • 7:30 P.M.

Julian BondJulian Bond is a leader of the American civil rights movement. While a student at Morehouse College, he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, he served until 1975, when he began the first of six terms in the Georgia Senate. In 1968 Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve. He is president emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center and hosted "America's Black Forum" from 1980 until 1997. He was president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP for 11 years and in 1998 was elected chair of the NAACP national board and served for 11 terms until stepping down in 2010. Today Bond is a distinguished visiting professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He has received 25 honorary degrees.

Mandy CarterMandy Carter is an African American lesbian social justice activist with a 45-year history of social, racial, and LGBT justice organizing. She was national coordinator of the 2013 Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project of the National Black Justice Coalition, a national effort to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate black gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Carter co-founded two groundbreaking organizations, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).  She was one of the five national co-chairs of Obama LGBT Pride, the LGBT grassroots infrastructure for Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign. She has done the hard work of organizing grassroots networks, especially with people of color, throughout the South. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Alexis Pauline CumbsAlexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess with a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. Gumbs is founder of Brilliance Remastered, which helps visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion, and community; co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of black LGBTQ brilliance; and creator of the blog Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. Gumbs was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011, was one of the Advocate’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012, and one of GO magazine's 100 Women We Love in 2013.

Robert Reid-PharrRobert Reid-Pharr is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean at the City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center. Reid-Pharr is the author of three books: Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American; Black Gay Man: Essays; and Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual.


Shuttle buses will leaving from the Emory Conference Center Hotel to Glenn Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. Shuttles will leave Glenn Auditorium returning to the Emory Conference Center Hotel at 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.