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Julian Bond's Death

Julian Bond

The life and death of Julian Bond:

He was an icon of the American Civil Right Movement – an activist at the front lines of the protests that led to the nation's civil rights laws who eventually became long time board chairman of the NAACP.

Horace Julian Bond was born in Nashville Tennessee. His father Horace Senior was an educator who served as President of Lincoln University. His mother Julia Agnes Washington was a librarian at Clarke University.

As a child, Bonds' home was a frequent stop for scholars, celebrities and activists, including W. E. B. DuBois and Paul Robeson, pictured here with young Julian.

Julian Bond with Paul Robeson, 1940's

In 1957, Julian was ready to make his own mark, after graduating from the George School, a boarding school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Julian Bond, 1950's

During the early 1960's, he helped to create the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee…

Julian Bond, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

…traveling the Deep South, organizing civil rights demonstrations and voter registration drives.

He left Morehouse College in 1961 to work on Civil Rights, but returned in 1971 to compete his Bachelor of Arts in English.

Julian Bond, Georgia House of Representatives

Bond served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives starting in 1965 and was a six term State Senator, beginning in 1975.

Julian Bond on cover of Ebony

And from 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Julian Bond, as chairman of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Married in July 1961 to Alice Clopton…

Alice Clopton

…the couple had five children before divorcing in 1989.

Julian died at age 75 in Fort Walton Beach Florida of complications of vascular disease, which affects the blood vessels. He was survived by Pamela Sue Horowitz…

Sue Horowitz

…who he married in 1990, and his five children.