The country is saddened by the passing of a leader, activist, good guy and compassionate and caring man. Julian Bond passed away on Saturday, August 15th at the age of 75. Besides being a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement – having been a founder of Students for Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960’s, the founder and President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the President of the NAACP (1998 -2010), Julian Bond was recognized as one of the National Women’s Political Caucus Good Guys in 2005.
A compassionate man and passionate advocate for equal rights for all and inclusion at every level, Bond began his activist career early having founded SNCC and being sworn in to the Georgia House of Representatives at the young age of 27. After serving in the Georgia House, he spent six terms in the Georgia Senate, from 1975 to 1986.
When asked why she thought he was so committed to his activism and action, Shirley Franklin, former Mayor of the City of Atlanta (and first African American woman mayor of a Southern US city) described Bond as a person with a deep belief in the goodness of humanity.
NWPC joins his family, his extended activist family, and the rest of our nation and the world in mourning the loss of a true giant and Good Guy.