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Julian Bond died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Florida at 75 years old. His wife, Pamela Horowitz said at this time the cause of death is unknown, but that her husband did have circulatory issues.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group founded by the late activist in was the first to announce his death.  Bond’s life tells a story that follows the civil rights movement, from starting a student protest group as a young man, and through a long career in politics, which led to his leadership of the NAACP.

Horace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee. Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 but, many white lawmakers refused to let him take his seat due to his anti-war views on Vietnam.

After the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Bond finally took office in 1967.  He served in the Georgia House until 1975 and then served six terms in the Georgia Senate until 1986.

Bond was elected board chairman of the NAACP in 1998 and served for 10 years.  He was known for his intellect and his even keel, even in the most emotional situations.

Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for equality, inspiring fellow activists with his words in the 1960s and sharing the movement’s vision with others.

After leaving the NAACP, Bond stayed active in Democratic politics and made regular appearances on the lecture circuit.  Julian Bond is survived by Horowitz and five children.

According to Horowitz, funeral plans have not been finalized. However Bond will be cremated and his ashes scattered over the Gulf of Mexico.


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