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Bond, UVA Historian Team up to Explore Black Leadership

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Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler discuss details of the 'Black Leaders on Leadership' project Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler discuss details of the 'Black Leaders on Leadership' project
Civil rights leader Julian Bond has teamed up with a University of Virginia historian to document the experiences of 51 African-American leaders.

Bond and professor Phyllis Leffler discussed their project during a joint appearance at UVA's Miller Center Wednesday.

The two have worked for the past 14 years on the interviews. Their work, titled "Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond," was published this month.  

The work draws on a series of oral interviews of 51 prominent African-American leaders from all sectors of society collected by Bond and Leffler. Among those interviewed were civil right leader Oliver Hill, former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and poet Nikki Giovanni, among others. There is also an accompanying website titled Explorations in Black Leadership, which includes the full video interviews. 

The goal of the project was to catalog the critical experiences of black leaders and core characteristics of black leadership. The idea is to inform and inspire the next generation.

Click here for more information about the project.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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