Soror Wanda Sykes to emcee a star-studded gala in honor of the retirement of Civil Rights pioneer and legend Julian Bond from University of Virginia (UVA) on May 2nd, 2012 at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom in New York City. Comedian and actor Chris Tucker to co-host the event.
Former President Bill Clinton is the event’s honorary chair. Comedian Stephen Colbert will send a video tribute. Rita Dove, noted poet and UVa professor, will read, and a host of musicians, including Matthews, will perform.
Bond’s retirement includes the announcement of a new professorship in his honor at UVA. The memorial professorship will officially be the Julian Bond Professorship in Civil Rights and Social Justice. It will be within the College of Arts & Sciences at the school.
Bond to retire on May 1, 2012. He is known for his former chairmanship at the NAACP and 20 year career at UVA.
Soror Wanda Sykes pledged our illustrious sorority at Hampton University.