Julian Bond, a fixture of the civil rights movement and a persistent warrior in the fight for rights, has died at age 75. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) confirmed the news Sunday , saying the activist and writer had succumbed to an unspecified illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Saturday night.Bond is survived by his wife, former SPLC staff attorney Pamela Sue Horowitz, and his five children, Phyllis Jane Bond-McMillan, Jeffrey Alvin Bond, Julia Louise Bond, Horace Mann Bond II and Michael Juli
In a statement on Sunday, President Obama called Bond “a hero and, I’m privileged to say, a friend.”That touched off a national drama that ended in 1966 when the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ordered the State Assembly to seat him, saying it had denied him freedom of speech.
Julian Bond, a Georgia native whose civil rights activism touched lives across the United States, died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach. He was 75.Georgia State Senator Bond speaking at Miami-Dade Community College during Black History Month (1984).
In 1960, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leading group in the civil rights movement, and led protests against segregation at public facilities. Bond was elected to the Georgia at age 26 in 1965. But white members who dominated the Legislature blocked him from taking his seat on the grounds of his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War.Evers-Williams remembered the last time she saw Bond, at a 2014 event to celebrate the opening of the film “Selma.”
In 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, but was initially refused his seat because of his stance against the Vietnam War. The Supreme Court ruled in his however, and he was given his seat two years later.
In 1965, a prior federal court decision forced the creation of new state congressional districts in Georgia. SNCC had been working on voter registration in the rural South and recognized the reapportionment as an opportunity to put forward candidates who would support a civil rights agenda. Bond, like King, lived in the newly created 136th House District in Atlanta, which was ninety-five percent African-American. The twenty-five year old ran for his district’s seat in the Georgia House of Repres