News One reports that Civil Rights legend Julian Bond died last night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, according to a statement released by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75 years old.
“From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century, Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors.
With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. 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.
Julian is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former SPLC staff attorney, and his five children. Not only has the country lost a hero today, we’ve lost a great friend.” – Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center