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This Day in Georgia History

January 09, 1967

Julian Bond Seated

To view an image of Julian Bond in 1967, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

The Georgia House of Representatives finally seated Julian Bond. Two years earlier, he had been elected to the legislature. However, because of Bond’s public statements opposing the Vietnam War and the draft, the House refused to seat him based on the state constitution’s provision that each house shall be the judge of the elections and qualifications of its own members. Bond challenged the action in federal court. In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Georgia lawmakers had deprived him of his constitutional rights to freedom of speech, so on the opening day of the 1967 session, Bond was given the oath of office and his seat in the House.