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Remembering Julian Bond

A Tribute to a Civil Rights Icon

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta provides this page in tribute to Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, who died on August 15, 2015. Julian Bond is featured in The Center's exhibition, Rolls Down Like Water, as part of a tribute to the members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Visit The Center to learn more about the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and current human rights movements from around the world.

“Julian Bond's work and writings serve as a blueprint for all who seek social justice and equality for all Americans and peace in the world. His sharp intellect and unflinching courage in the face of obstacles and ridicule inspire each of us to stand up, speak up and act up for the principles of democracy and justice,” former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 16, 2015Franklin, who serves as Board Chair for The Center, called Bond an “inspired teacher” and “committed human rights activist” who helped deepen the country’s “understanding of challenges facing Southern African-Americans.”

Horace Julian Bond (January 14, 1940 – August 15, 2015) was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta during the early 1960s, he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Bond was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later to six terms in the Georgia Senate, having served a combined twenty years in both legislative chambers. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. [Source: Wikipedia; Photo: Wikimedia Commons by Eduardo Montes-Bradley] [Exhibition images from The Center.]

Below are links to news and information about Bond's life and work:

Rolling Out Best Quotes

CNN Fast Facts

NYT Bond as Civil Rights Champion

NPR Julian Bond Remembers Time With SNCC

NPR Remembering Julian Bond

NPR Julian Bond Discusses Same Sex Marriage

PBS Gates Interview with Julian Bond

PBS Obama Discusses Julian Bond


Chicago Tribune

Detroit Free Press


Hollywood Reporter

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