Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 18th 2015 Contents Julian Bond, one of America s most
poetic voices for equality who
inspired fellow activists with his
words in the 1960s and carried the
civil rights movement s vision to suc-
ceeding generations as a speaker and
academic, has died at 75.
The life of the cool,
telegenic Bond seemed
to trace the arc of the
his efforts as a
man to start a
long career in
of the Nation-
almost four decades
Former UN Ambas-
sador Andrew Young
said Bond s legacy
would be as a "lifetime
"He started when he
was about 17 and he
went to 75," Young
"And I don t know a single time
when he was not involved in some
phase of the civil rights movement."
Bond died Saturday in Florida, after
a brief illness, according to a statement
issued Sunday by the Southern Pover-
ty Law Center, an advocacy group
that he founded in 1971 and helped
oversee for the rest of his life. His
wife, Pamela Horowitz, said Bond suf-
fered from vascular disease.
Her husband, she said, "never took
his eyes off the prize and that was
always racial equality."
President Barack Obama called
Bond "a hero."
"Justice and equality was the mis-
sion that spanned his life," Obama
said in a statement. "Julian Bond
helped change this country for the
better. And what better way to be
remembered than that."
Bond was "a thinker as well as a
doer. He was a writer as well as a
young philosopher," said Charlayne
Hunter-Gault, a journalist who struck
up a friendship with Bond in the early
1960s, when she was one of the first
two black students to attend the Uni-
versity of Georgia.
At the time, Bond was an activist
in Atlanta with the newly formed
Bond s eloquence and sense of
humour "really helped sustain the
young people in the civil rights move-
Bond, the son of a college president,
burst into the national consciousness
after helping to start the Student Non-
Violent Coordinating Committee,
where he rubbed shoulders with com-
mittee leaders Stokely Carmichael and
future Congressman John Lewis.
As the committee grew into one of
the civil rights movement s most
important groups, the young
Bond dropped out of
Morehouse College in
Atlanta to serve as
director. He later
degree in 1971.
elected to the
tives in 1965 but
ers, many of
refused to let him
take his seat because
of his anti-Vietnam
War stance. The case went
Supreme Court, which
ruled in his favour. Bond
finally took office in 1967.
Bond was often seen at
the forefront of protests
against segregation. In
1968, he led a delegation
to the Democratic National Conven-
tion, where his name was placed in
nomination for the vice presidency,
but he declined because he was too
In 1998, Bond was elected board
chairman of the NAACP and served
for ten years as the head of the major
civil rights organisation.
Bond was known for his intellect
and his even keel, even in the most
emotional situations, Young said.
"When everybody else was getting
worked up, I could find in Julian a
cool serious analysis of what was going
on," Young said.
Bond was often at the forefront of
protests against segregation. In 1960,
he helped organise a sit-in involving
Atlanta college students at the City
"We never thought that he really
would participate and be arrested
because he was always so laid back
and cool, but he joined in with us,"
recalled Carolyn Long Banks, now 74.
Hunter-Gault said she hopes young
people draw lessons from Bond s life
and work as they embrace the Black
Lives Matter movement that arose in
response to recent police killings of
"Everybody is not going to be out
there in the street with their hands
up or shouting," she said.
"There ve got to be people like Julian
who participate and observe and com-
bine those two things for action and
change that make a difference." (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Longtime US civil
rights activist Julian
Bond dead at 75
In a January 1967 file photo, Stokely Carmichael, left, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee, and Julian Bond of Atlanta, conduct a news conference in an Atlanta filling station parking lot, at
which time they read a statement in support of Rep Adam Clayton Powell.
Julian Bond, a civil rights
activist and longtime
board chairman of the
NAACP, died on August 15,
according to the Southern
Poverty Law Center.
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