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Horace Julian Bond 1940 – 2015 a Leader for All

August 16, 2015


Horace Julian Bond 1940 – 2015 a Leader for All

 Julian Bond, Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman and Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75


Mr. Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, was also a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights for minorities.

Zinn Education Project's photo.

We are deeply saddened at the passing of long time activist, professor, politician, and writer Julian Bond at the age of 75. Bond was a founding member of theStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center; was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives (although initially not seated due to his endorsement of SNCC’s anti-war position) and later to six terms in the Georgia Senate; from 1998 to 2010, he was chairperson of the NAACP. Bond served as a distinguished professor in residence at American University and also is a faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia. Learn about the life and work of Julian Bond from the One Person, One Vote Project: an interview with Bond about the FBI called “Their Goal Was to Crush Dissent” on the website “Tracked in America”: Bond is the author of Vietnam: An Anti-War Comic Book:
Throughout the day we will add photos and stories.
Photo by Harvey Richards, Mississippi, 1963 (c) Paul Richards.

August 16 at 3:03 AM
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.He was 75.Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, the SPLC said in a statement released Sunday morning.

The Nashville, Tenn. native was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and as its communications director, he was on the front lines of protests that led to the nation’s landmark civil rights laws.

Bond later served as board chairman of the 500,000-member NAACP for 10 years but declined to run again for another one-year term in 2010.

    •  We need these old warriors. I have been looking up to Julian Bond since I was pimple white kid trying to understand and support civil rights, and Julian was a young, handsome, morally superior young champion. May he rest in peace. Thank you for all you have done for humanity.
       Rest in peace Mr. Bond. A true warrior for justice.
      May he rest in peace; he was a warrier and fought the good fight.
       Such sad news.
       May he rest in peace and his legacy live strong.
      We lost a wonderful,compassionate man with the passing of Julian Bond. He fought for the civil rights of all minorities.i remember his speeches way back when he was young in the 1960’s. May he R.I.P. 


We’ve lost a champion.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century, Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors.

With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.

Julian is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former SPLC staff attorney, and his five children.

Not only has the country lost a hero today, we’ve lost a great friend.

– Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center


Horace Julian Bond strove to unify a divided nation around the issues of Civil and Human Rights.  His leadership and decorum were outstanding.  He remains one of the most gifted public servants to ever be elected to public office taking seriously what it means to be a public servant.  He will never be forgotten for the bonds that he forged between disparate sides of this divisive nation.


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