Sunday, August 16, 2015

President and Secretary Clinton: On the Passing of Julian Bond

Aug 16
Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Julian Bond, and our hearts go out to Pamela and his children. Julian lived his life at the center of the fight for civil rights, equality, and justice. As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center, member of the Georgia Legislature, Chairman of the NAACP, and as a professor, Julian lived by and advanced the ideals that led him to the civil rights movement as a young man.
I treasured every conversation I've had over several decades and marveled that as his hair turned grey, his brilliant mind, sharp wit, and gifts of speech retained their youthful vitality and intensity.
Julian helped us to become a more perfect union and always pushed us to do better. We will miss him.

From NYT


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

Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights for minorities, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75.
He died after a brief illness, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement Sunday morning.
Mr. Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He was the committee’s communications director for five years and deftly guided the national news media toward stories of violence and discrimination as the committee challenged legal segregation in the South’s public facilities.
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