Julian Bond

Julian Bond

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Julian Bond was one of eleven African Americans elected to the Georgia House in 1965 after the Civil Rights Bill passed.  He was the Chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010 and he was the first to head the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1971 to 1979.

In 1960, Bond founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  He was an activist, public servant, professor and huge Sinatra fan.  He served four terms in the Georgia House and six in Senate.  I was lucky enough to have Julian Bond as a professor at The American University for a course and civil rights that was one of the best college classes I even had.  Fortunately, Bond was also the narrator of Eyes on the Prize and will always be tangibly connected to the number one documentary on the civil rights movement.

Julian Bond was a blunt, once in a generation civil rights icon who was not afraid to say what needed to be said even though he knew it would be controversial.

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#JulianBond embraced new tactics in organizing. He used twitter/ facebook in addition to traditional means to continue to fight for justice tweeted Jotaka Eaddy.

#JulianBond, a friend & fellow traveler who with courage, set the moral & academic tone of our generation. RIP tweeted Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Rest in power to former #SNCC Communications Director. #JulianBond was a freedom fighter and taught us how to fight twitted @MillionHoodies

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Julian Bond is survived by his second wife Pam and 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.

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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  1. We send our condolences to the family of Horace Julian Bond: A leader remembered as a hero of The Civil Rights Movement. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. he helped found The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee[ SNCC]. He was elected Board Chairman of The[ NAACP] in 1998.[ R.I.P.] Horace Julian Bond…

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