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Julian Bond, the former NAACP chairman and a long time civil rights leader, has died. Bond died Saturday night in his Florida home, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, The New York Times reports.

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Among his many accomplishments in the civil rights movements, including being an original founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at Morehouse College, Bond was also a fervent anti-Vietnman war. Bond also served in the Georgia legislature for 20 years.

But bond was not just a social justice pioneer and leader in his time, he was a writer, poet, college professor, among many other contributions to the arts and academia. One of his most notable works was a book of essays titled, “A Time To Speak, A Time To Act.” To those who became accustomed to seeing him on television, he was particularly charismatic and memorable.

Along with Morris Dee, Bond founded The Southern Poverty Law center which would announce his death this morning. He will be remembered by all as a formidable force to be reckoned with in the civil rights movement, a true love of righteousness and justice, and a gentleman with a gentle spirit.

Bond is survived by his second wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, and his five children.

Rest peacefully honorable sir.


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