…Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1986. He also served as president of the SPLC from its founding in 1971 to 1979 and was later on its board of directors.
In 1998, Bond was elected as board chairman of the NAACP, serving for 10 years.
Former Ambassador Andrew Young said Bond’s legacy would be as a “lifetime struggler.”
“He started when he was about 17 and he went to 75 and I don’t know a single time when he was not involved in some phase of the civil rights movement.”
Intellectual and telegenic, Bond was known for his even emotional keel, and could be depended upon not to lose his cool even in the most emotional situations, Young said.
“I could usually find 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 a “visionary” and “tireless champion” for civil and human rights, the SPLC said.
Bond is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former SPLC staff attorney; his five children, Phyllis Jane Bond-McMillan, Horace Mann Bond II, Michael Julian Bond, Jeffrey Alvin Bond, and Julia Louise Bond; his brother, James Bond; and his sister, Jane Bond Moore.
Long-Time Civil Rights Leader, Julian Bond, Dies At 75 was originally published on blackdoctor.org