76r: Julian Bond / Tom Waits, Brick
Julian Bond's Monologue
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen -- Julian Bond.
Julian Bond: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. I guess that, uh, many of you are probably wondering why a Georgia state senator is hosting a television comedy show. Frankly, ever since I came up here, I've been wondering about it myself. A number of possible reasons why entered my mind:
This is a show known for its free-swinging humor, for taking shots at the political establishment, for making fun of things that... other people don't make fun of. I had hoped that the people here knew that that was my record, too, as an anti-war and civil rights activist, and as a person who for nearly twenty years has tried to stand up for the underprivileged and unrepresented. I thought they may have known that I was the first Black to have his name placed in nomination for Vice-President, at the '68 Convention in Chicago. I was sure they remembered my work in voter registration in the South.
This acknowledgment of, uh, a sometimes struggling life made me feel rather proud, but... after I got up here, and I met the people associated with the show, and... after I realized the time and the talent that goes into putting this effort together every week, I realized there was much more to it than my memories of yesterday or the... the common hopes and dreams that all of us share for the future. There was much, much more.
These people had me come all the way up here from Atlanta to... to be their Chocolate Easter Bunny.
And I am.
And we'll be right back after this message.
Guy in Audience: Yeah!