They voted unanimously to NOT give Bond his official seat in the Georgia State Congress, barring him from voting!
But he’d trained for their underhanded tactics – for nonviolent protest, for civic activism, and to meet and beat white oppressors where they stood – in their OWN house. He walked into the room anyway and sat down. Would they try to keep him from participating in the legislative process his entire term?
Soon he’d had enough! He’d been elected by the PEOPLE. After weeks of being locked out, Bond took the fight to them.
He sued them – and won! In 1966, a year after he was elected, the Supreme Court ordered the Georgia State Assembly to seat Bond, because he’d been denied his “freedom of speech.”