Julian Bond, Civil Rights icon, has passed away at the age of 75.

A champion for civil rights

Julian Bond

Horace Julian Bond, known as Julian Bond, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at his vacation home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, his family announced. Julian Bond was 75 years old.

Julian Bond, a former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was one of the most charismatic and significant figures at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and as its communications director. He was very instrumental in the anti-Vietnam War campaign and played a major role in sit-ins and freedom rides and the 1963 March on Washington.

Most described Julian Bond as dashing, urbane, and handsome because of his youthful face. He became a familiar sight on television during the 1960s and 1970s. Viewers were in awe with his personality, intellect, and wit. Julian Bond was a champion for civil and human rights.

Julian Bond was a strong critic of policies that contribute to anthropogenic climate change and was amongst a group of protesters arrested at the White House for civil disobedience in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in February 2013.

“With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” The Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder Morris Dees said in a statement. “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.”

Asked Bond’s legacy, SNCC co-founder John Lewis said: “Julian must be remembered as having inspired another generation of young people to stand up, to speak up and speak out. He traveled all over America, speaking on college campuses but also to large groups for peace, for non-violence and for protecting the environment.”

Julian is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former SPLC staff attorney; his five children, Phyllis Jane Bond-McMillan, Horace Mann Bond II, Michael Julian Bond, Jeffrey Alvin Bond, and Julia Louise Bond; his brother, James Bond; and his sister, Jane Bond Moore.

I send my prayers and condolences to his family.

Happy Birthday, Julian!!!


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