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.
#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.
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.