Civil rights activist Julian Bond is gone.
Fearless and outspoken, Bond fought for the rights of African-Americans in the South in the 60’s as a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. That only tells part of the story. Before it was popular to do so, Bond was an outspoken advocate for the rights of LGBTQ citizens of the United States. He famously boycotted the funeral of fellow LGBTQ and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King because the King Family chose an anti-gay megachurch as the venue.
“Sexual disposition parallels race. I was born this way (African-American). I have no choice. I wouldn’t change it if I could. Sexuality is unchangeable.”
This wasn’t the only liberal cause Bond advocated for. Among other things, he also was a very big voice against climate change dissenters. He was outspoken during the Bush Administration for George W. Bush’s war policies and spoke out against many of Bush’s cabinet members.
Bond served in the Georgia State Legislature from 1965 to 1987 in both houses. For 12 years beginning in 1998, he was the President of the NAACP. All along, he remained active as an attorney and a teacher and was a former President and current Board Member Emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Julian Bond passed away on Saturday at a time when we need him more than ever. His strong voice would be welcome in this time of racial and political uneasiness in Washington and across the country. His legacy lives on.
Julian Bond was 75 years old.