NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Julian Bond, 1940-2015

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Julian Bond, 1940-2015

By: Kym Grinnage email 

On August 15th, America said goodbye to an American icon and civil rights hero, Julian Bond. Horace Julian Bond, born on January 14th 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee, spent all of his adult life fighting injustice, through advocacy, the legislature and activism.

Mr. Bond was a Civil Rights leader, a public servant, a professor and a writer. During his time at Morehouse College in the 1960’s he helped establish the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, also known as SNCC.

Mr..Bond was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later to six terms in the Georgia State Senate, having served a combined twenty years in both legislative chambers. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the NAACP and the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The tragedy of his initial election to the Georgia statehouse is that the body refused to seat him due to his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court where he ultimately prevailed.

Julian Bond was tied to our Commonwealth as a professor at the University of Virginia through 2012. A historical giant who understood that unrest led to change, now rests in peace.

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