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Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond Dead at 75

Submitted by on August 16, 2015 – 4:04 pmNo Comment

Civil rights leader Julian Bond died on Saturday following a brief illness at the age of 75. His passing was announced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which Bond co-founded and led for several years in the 1970s.

As a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). But in a career spanning decades, he would come to participate in and lead major institutions of the establishment. Elected to the Georgia State Legislature in 1965, the body refused to seat him until 1966, when a unanimous Supreme Court found that his freedom of speech had been violated.

In 1986, he lost a bid for Congress to his old friend and fellow former SNCC organizer, John L. Lewis. In addition to SNCC and the SPLC, Bond also led the decades-old NAACP. Later in life, Bond became an advocate for marriage equality.

Tributes to him have poured in from admirers as diverse as Dr. Ben Carson, Questlove, and Al Gore.



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