Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and critic of embattled NAACP Chairman William F. Gibson, said yesterday that he is running as a reform candidate for a spot on the 64-member NAACP board.
Mr. Bond, 54, said he wants to bring "fiscal and moral integrity" to the Baltimore-based civil rights organization, whose chairman was accused this week by syndicated columnist Carl T. Rowan of skimming thousands of dollars from NAACP coffers.
"If these charges are true -- and I believe them -- the decent thing for [Dr. Gibson] to do would be to resign," Mr. Bond said.
5l Dr. Gibson denies the charges, and the NAACP board's executive committee has said that the chairman "has done nothing wrong."
Mr. Bond is running on a slate with Hazel N. Dukes, a New York board member, and Jesse Turner Jr., a Memphis, Tenn., banker whose late father was the NAACP board's longtime treasurer, against a seven-member official slate. Seven at-large board members will be elected next month.
Mr. Bond, who served for 12 years on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People board and headed the Atlanta NAACP for a decade, has clashed with Dr. Gibson before. In 1991, he unsuccessfully opposed a Gibson move to abolish term limits for board officers. Mr. Bond was dropped from the official slate for re-election, ran as an independent and lost.
A founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Mr. Bond was a member of the Georgia Legislature in 1965-1987 and is now a history professor at the American University and the University of Virginia.