Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former NAACP chairman, dies at 75

May he rest in peace.

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Julian Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. CNN Screenshot: Julian Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.


Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and former board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he served as founding president in the 1970s.

The Tennessee native was on the forefront of the 1960s civil rights movement, and was among activists who protested for equal rights for African-Americans.

“With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” said Morris Dees, co-founder of the SPLU, a legal advocacy group that specializes in civil rights.

Bond’s civil rights activism went beyond the United States.

In 1985, police arrested him outside the South African Embassy, where he was protesting against apartheid, the…

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Posted on 08/16/2015, in Black History Month, Heroes, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    Rest in peace Julian Bond.

    Six part video: “Conversation with Julian Bond”

    What a beautiful legacy is his in the areas of civil rights and social justice.

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  3. I have always liked Julian Bond. He has been amazing in the struggle for Civil Rights and most definitely a person I admired from my years as a child. He was the original
    J. BOND…….. RIP Mr. Bond!!!

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly


    Excerpt from biography page of the “Civil Rights Movement Veterans.org” :

    From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his present Chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.

    As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, as a veteran of more than twenty years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, as a writer, teacher, and lecturer, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since he was a college student leading sit-in demonstrations in Atlanta in 1960.


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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Julian Bond “served as the communications director of the SNCC from January 1961 to September 1966, where he traveled around Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas to help organize civil rights and voter registration drives.”

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  6. yahtzeebutterfly

    Julian Bond was the referee at this charity boxing match between Muhammed Ali and Mayor Maynard Jackson in 1975. The event was “to benefit the first This Is Black Atlanta family day bazaar.

    “The exhibition was all in fun.”

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Julian Bond poses with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta in February 1966.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that year that the Georgia House of Representatives could not forbid Bond from taking his seat in the state House for opposing Vietnam War.”
    ~NY Daily News (Aug. 16, 2015)

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    SPLC ‏@splcenter
    1989: Julian Bond delivered the dedication speech at the @CivilRightsCntr in Montgomery.”
    Read: http://sp.lc/QXshR

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  9. yahtzeebutterfly

    Julian Bond with James Brown during drive for registering voters in Atlanta in early seventies:

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    John Lewis with Julian Bond during the Voter Mobilization Tour in Mississippi


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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    Published on Nov 21, 2013
    “A Lone Start EMMY nominated-video biography of the U.S. civil rights legend Julian Bond, which was shown before his keynote speech at the Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala in 2011. Produced and narrated by Debra Martine McGaughey. Editor: Mohamad Alobidey.”

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  12. Two sides to a story

    Thank you, Mr. Bond.

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  13. chuquestaquenumber1

    A person who did the work in all fields. Activist,Civil Rights movement,Anti Apartheid,College professor ,Politician a man who wore so many hats. More important a man who put his life on the line against racism/white supremacy.
    Dr Julian Bond was also a humorous person.

    See his classic SNL skit with Garrett Morris.

    Many jobs well done.

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  15. RIP Julian.


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