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Sunday, August 16, 2015

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

Julian Bond, 75, a former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), passed away last night in Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. 
Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, while he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
In addition to being instrumental in the leadership of the NAACP,  he was a writer, poet, television commentator, lecturer,and persistent opponent of the stubborn remnants of white supremacy.  He also taught at Harvard, Williams, Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania.
When he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 — along with seven other black members — furious white members of the House refused to let him take his seat, accusing him of disloyalty. He was already well known because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s stand against the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.
Bond left the State Senate in 1986 after six terms to run for that seat in the United States House. 
Horace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Nashville, Tenn. His father, Horace Mann Bond, moved the family to Pennsylvania five years later, when he became the first African-American president of his Alma mater, Lincoln University.  Bond’s great-grandmother Jane Bond was the slave mistress of a Kentucky farmer. 
Julian’s grandfather James Bond, one of Jane Bond’s sons, was educated at Berea and Oberlin Colleges and became a clergyman. His son Horace Mann Bond expected his own son Julian to follow in his footsteps as an educator, but the young man was attracted instead to journalism and political activism.
Mr. Bond devoted most of the 1960s to the protest movement and activist politics, including campaigns to register black voters.
Mr. Bond published a book of essays titled “A Time to Speak, A Time to Act.” He wrote poetry and articles for publications as varied as The Nation, Negro Digest and Playboy.
He was made chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., in 1998. He remained active in Democratic Party politics and was a strong critic of the administration of President George W. Bush. He said Mr. Bush had chosen some of his cabinet officers “from the Taliban wing of American politics.”
He is survived by his second wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, a retired lawyer, and five children, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Our condolences to the family as we say goodbye to a great man!

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