Julian Bond, Former Chairman Of The NAACP, Dies At 75
Julian Bond, a celebrated champion for civil rights and former chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75.
Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness, according to The Associated Press.
“Julian Bond was a hero and, I’m privileged to say, a friend. Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life,” President Barack Obama said in a statement Sunday. “Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that.”
Bond was a Nashville, Tennessee, native who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While in school, he co-founded the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee — an organization that fought for and encouraged youth members to be vocal in the civil rights revolution. He led SNCC as the communications director, stood on the front lines of protests alongside several other civil rights pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, and became a leader in the 1960s protest movement.
Bond later served as board chairman of the 500,000-member NAACP for 10 years, but declined to run for another one-year term in 2010, the AP reported.
In a 1997 interview with PBS, Bond discussed the success of the civil rights revolution but acknowledged the progress that still needed to be made.