Horace Julian Bond (1940 – 2015) spent his lifetime working for civil rights in our nation.
He was one of the original members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee that advocated for voting rights and open public accommodations for the Black community in the United States.
He and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., also spoke out strongly against the Viet Nam War (and were monitored by the FBI for their anti-war positions).
Julian Bond served 20 years in the Georgia state legislature (1965 – 1985) and cofounded (with Morris Dees) the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks all forms of hate groups in the United States. He served as president of the SPLC from 1971– 1979 and remained a lifetime member of the board.
His most recent position was Chairman of the NAACP to which he was elected in 1998. From that podium, Mr. Bond reminded his own community that LGBTs have the rights to marry and to have equal opportunities in employment and accommodations.
Mr. Bond has been widely respected as a learned, articulate, passionate spokesperson for all citizens’ minority rights. His voice will be sorely missed in our nation.
Our condolences to his family and friends.