Former Chairman of the NAACP and Civil Rights movement, Julian Bond, passed away on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75-years-old passed away after a short battle with vascular disease, according to his wife.
Bond was an important figure within the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, launching the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which helped the protests at the time tremendously. He served as the committee’s communications director, and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 and the Georgia Senate in 1975.
Bond’s death prompted a statement from Barack Obama in which he said: “Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life.” “Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that.”
The current NAACP chairman Roslyn M. Brock released a statement in regards to Bond’s death, noting how influential of an activist he was.
“The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian Bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation,” the statement says.“Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of the lifelong sacrifice and service of Julian Bond. On behalf of the NAACP and our country, we ask for your prayers for his family.”
Bond left behind his wife Pamela Horowitz, five children, one sister and one brother.