Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former NAACP chairman, dies at 75

Posted on August 16, 2015

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by Bradley Matthews, editing by Adam MS

Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and former board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he served as founding president in the 1970s.

The Tennessee native was on the forefront of the 1960s civil rights movement, and was among activists who protested for equal rights for African-Americans.

“With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” said Morris Dees, co-founder of the SPLU, a legal advocacy group that specializes in civil rights.

Bond’s civil rights activism went beyond the United States.

In 1985, police arrested him outside the South African Embassy, where he was protesting against apartheid, the legalized racial segregation enforced by South Africa at the time.

“He advocated not just for African-Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination because he recognized the common humanity in us all,” Dees said.

Bond also served as professor at various universities, including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

He served as chairman of the NAACP for 11 years.

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