Rest In Peace, Power, And Greatness, Julian Bond



Roy Reed: Julian Bond, Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman And Civil Rights Leader, Dies At 75

Julian Bond, a former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights for minorities, died on Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Mr. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, the center said in a statement Sunday morning. He was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, while he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He moved from the militancy of the student group to the top leadership of the establishmentarian N.A.A.C.P. Along the way, he was a writer, poet, television commentator, lecturer, college teacher, and persistent opponent of the stubborn remnants of white supremacy.


He also served for 20 years in the Georgia Legislature, mostly in conspicuous isolation from white colleagues who saw him as an interloper and a rabble-rouser. Mr. Bond’s wit, cool personality and youthful face became familiar to millions of television viewers during the 1960s and 1970s; he was described as dashing, handsome and urbane. On the strength of his personality and quick intellect, he moved to the center of the civil rights action in Atlanta, the unofficial capital of the movement, at the height of the struggle for racial equality in the early 1960s. Moving beyond demonstrations, he became a founder, with Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organization in Montgomery, Ala. Mr. Bond was its president from 1971 to 1979 and remained on its board for the rest of his life.


When he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 — along with seven other black members — furious white members of the House refused to let him take his seat, accusing him of disloyalty. He was already well known because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s stand against the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. That touched off a national drama that ended in 1966, when the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ordered the legislature to seat him, saying it had denied him freedom of speech. He went on to serve 20 years in the two houses of the legislature. As a lawmaker, he sponsored bills to establish a sickle cell anemia testing program and to provide low-interest home loans to low-income Georgians. He also helped create a majority-black congressional district in Atlanta.

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123 Responses to “Rest In Peace, Power, And Greatness, Julian Bond”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    What a Wonderful Tribute, NW for a Exceptional Trailblazer……Dr. Julian Bond.
    This is one for the ages, Nerdy Wonka. You have once again delivered. I am so proud of you.
    Thank you so very much, NW.

  2. August 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    A magnificent tribute to a man of substance who did so much for human kind. Thank you so much, NW!!

    Congrats on first, Nena!!!

  3. August 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    A beautiful man, inside and out.

  4. August 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous tribute of a great man, Nerdy. Thank you, sincerely.

  5. 12 Nerdy Wonka
    August 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  6. August 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    A good interview with David Simon and Oscar Isaac about HBO’s, “Show Me a Hero”:


    • 14 Vicki
      August 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      What a sensational interview. Thanks, meta. I never watch Charlie Rose. He makes me nauseous. Oily privilege streams from him.

      I especially liked hearing David Simon talking about Ta-nehisi’s book. “He’s earned his pessimism. I never had to walk down the streets of Baltimore with a policeman’s eyes on the back of my neck.”

      What the USA needs is much more David Simon and Ta-nehisi Coates and a lot less Mitch McConnell, Bibi and Trump.

  7. August 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  8. August 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Gone too soon. It hurts my heart when we love the good ones.

  9. 18 JER
    August 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    NW, this is a wonderful tribute to Julian Bond.

    In this clip, Ted Warshafsky, Wisconsin delegate, nominates Julian Bond for Vice President from the floor of the 1968 Democratic Convention. Julian Bond was too young to be Vice President, but it effectively refocused the televised convention back to the issues …

  10. August 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Spectacular accumulation of facts…pics…videos….and information on Julian Bond…..such a great array from so many different people….ans organizations….as we lose our icons it becomes so very important for us to guard their legacy…for there are those who want to whitewash this era…to erase the mighty struggles of blk citizens…to distort and minimize if we don’t guard and preserve it who will

    thank you so very much NW from bringing this to TOD…thank you so very much….sometimes a “Thank You” does not seem like a enough…i wish i could take you to dinner…and just celebrate your spirit….your drive…and your awesomeness….

    Thank you

  11. 21 sjterrid
    August 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you NW for this wonderful tribute to Julian Bond.

    I was very saddened to read of the passing of Julian Bond in my email from SPLC this morning. He was a true hero. May his soul RIP. My thoughts and prayers and my condolences to all his family, friends, and to all those he has helped over the years.

  12. August 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    We thank people like Julian Bond who fought to make things better for us in this country.

  13. August 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  14. August 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Bravo, Nerdy!

    R.I.P. Mr. Bond.

  15. 27 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm

  16. 29 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  17. August 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    If you have not seen this, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend reading the entire thing. Broadway Carl is writing about Bernie Sanders, BLM, white progressive/liberals in a powerful way (I think). I’m having a hard time picking one quote to highlight since the whole piece is so cohesive and worth reading.
    “My sense is that many white liberals and progressives are just so tired of all this Blackness stuff. Sure we loved Pres. Obama, but it’s time for him to move on. His whole hope-change thingy was so stressful, and he seems like he’s going to do that change stuff till his last day. We need a break. We need to gear up for the next Great White Hope.”
    “But you want to know what really pissed us off? When Black Lives Matter interrupted Bernie Sanders at Netroots Nation and then Seattle. We were baffled. Bernie is on y’all’s side we said. We knew black folks must be ignorant about Sanders’s history as a civil rights activist. As a matter of fact, we told black folks that once they educated themselves about Bernie, they would support him. Why we even assured black folks that if they supported him, he would help them “rise out of the ghetto.” Only sometimes we were confused and said the “hood.” But black folks weren’t having it–this nonsense from us. The most loyal, politically astute demographic within the Democratic Party knew all about Bernie. They knew he had no position on racial injustice; in fact, he had been tone deaf on the issue. They had heard him repeatedly call Pres. Obama a spineless coward and urge Democrats to primary the President of the United States in 2012. They knew his responses to the killings of their black brothers and sisters were tepid at best. They knew he had declared racism over with the election of Barrack Obama. He even said he was happy for black voters, who finally got themselves a president.”

    There’s so much more. Please read and let me know what you think.

  18. 40 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  19. 41 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  20. August 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    A really strong, important voice…especially for young girls:

  21. August 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    So Andrew Luck played 9 downs and was pulled 6 minutes into the 1rst Quarter of the Colts/Eagles game 😦 😦

    ….time to watch the final round of the PGA Championship….Pulling for Jason Day 99ts 🙂

    • 44 Don
      August 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Me too, I hope he can pull it.

      • August 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

        He has been so close it seems forever….and he is very likable compared to Sergio who I despise….plus all the vertigo/scary stuff he was going through earlier this year….he is just a really nice player/person that is easy to root for…

        S/N I like Jordan too….but selfishly don’t want him to tie Tiger/Hogan’s record of 3 majors in a year 😀

  22. 46 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  23. 47 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  24. 49 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  25. 50 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

  26. 51 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    • August 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      The greed n Philadelphia around the Pope’s visit is astonishing…many folks maybe coming to Philadelphia to receive blessings from the Pope…but many business see the papal visit as a cash cow….and Mayor Nutter in conjunction with papa security and others have created a logistical nightmare…..for businesses and workers

  27. 53 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

  28. 54 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  29. 56 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  30. August 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    • 58 Vicki
      August 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I seem to be standing alone in my view that the only interesting thing about Bernie is that each of his fans will be a potential vote for VPBiden in the primary.

      • August 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        yeah…i think you are…

        some of these folks might vote for the eventual DEM nominee…most will stay home…

        • 60 Vicki
          August 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

          That is a little bit my point, too. If the dem is HRC, these folks will stay home.
          That is the clearest signal I can think to send VPBiden.

          • August 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm

            it is not about Biden…these are the same folks who did not vote for the President…and did not vote in 2010 and 2014

            • 62 Vicki
              August 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

              We might need to agree to disagree.
              I think most of these folks did vote in 2008 and 2012 for POTUS. Sat out 2010 and 2014 discouraged. Will sit out 2016 unless POTUS and VPOTUS fire them up again.

      • 63 idon
        August 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        LOL! U are not alone. Folks ain’t feeling the bern except those paid to be there

  31. 64 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  32. August 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Simply, WHY Americans …. and, the answer we all know, is the vestiges of #WhiteSupremacy know that making voting effortless will only hasten their inevitable dissolution. It’s for each of us to put them out of their misery, sooner than later. We need historic turnout on 8 Nov 2016.

  33. August 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Despite the struggles and the growing pains, Black Lives Matters represents, for the first time since the civil rights era, a social movement focused on battling American racism that has energized black Americans all around the country.


    i have to disagree with this statement….let me clarify…BLM has galvanized young and old esp young people to move on issues of social justice….
    because of Twitter and Social Media…blk folks have been able to bring to light the violence and murder of blk folks by the police….but blk folks have always battled police terror and inequality…we did not have the connections that are now possible because of social media…but we have kept our eyes on the prize….

    we have battled systemic institutional racism…we have battled for quality schools….better resources for our neighborhoods…access to healthcare and jobs….blks folks have never stood on the sidelines…whenever this country has bent the arc of freedom/justice…know that it was a blk hand on that arc….

    WE Will Win!

  34. 72 HZ
    August 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Another giant gone from our presence, but will be forever remembered for his compassion, intellect, and grace as he fought for justice in this nation and around the world. Mr. Julian Bond will be missed. I have very grateful memories of this great hero. RIP, Mr. Julian Bond.HZ

  35. August 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Vlad is not letting up, yet …

  36. 74 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  37. 75 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

  38. 76 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  39. 77 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

  40. August 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

  41. August 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I have zero doubt that VP Biden will find anything in Maria’s writing that will surprise him, but he’s soon to be in a unique position to leverage her #BlackLivesMatter essential message ….

  42. August 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm


    other updates in the sidebar

  43. 83 jackiegrumbacher
    August 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Nerdy, I wish we could send your extraordinary Julian Bond tribute to every person in the world who struggles for justice. I wish it were required reading for young people who too often have little or no understanding of how those before them struggled and fought for many of the rights they take for granted. I wish that the courage and persistence of Julian Bond could infuse and strengthen every activist in the BLM movement and inspire millions of white people to join them. Julian Bond was and will remain an inspiration to everyone who thirsts for a just society. He achieved so much, yet he must have been deeply frustrated that we are still struggling to pass a voting right act in 2015 and that black people are still being flagrantly murdered by police authorities. Julian Bond and the great civil rights leaders of his time put everything on the line to empower people to vote. Yet the great shame of our time is that voter suppression continues and cynical, lazy, uninformed people willingly disenfranchise themselves by refusing to vote.

  44. 85 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for putting together this well-deserved and heart-warming tribute to this civil rights icon – Mr. Julian Bond.

  45. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    August 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Need some help:

    I think that the photo above of Dr. Julian Bond as he sits in the Georgia legislature and the others raising their hands in opposition of him (due to his stand against war) is a huge symbol of moral courage in the face huge political stakes;

    Can anyone here please use this photo to send a personalized message to the No/leaningNo members of the legislature to remind them what moral courage looks like and ask if their biography will ever have such moments of gravity?

    I am thinking that the first legislator who should receive that message should be Senator Cory Booker.

  46. August 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    He’s got Tony Blair and all the other criminals freaking out ….

  47. 94 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

  48. 102 GGail
    August 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    AP reports…
    Actor Morgan Freeman is mourning the death of his granddaughter. She was found stabbed to death Sunday on a Manhattan street.

    Police responding to a 911 call at about 3 a.m. found 33-year-old Edena (eh-DEEH’-nah) Hines lying on the street with multiple stab wounds to the chest. She was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

    A 30-year-old man was taken into police custody at the scene — in front of Hines’ apartment on West 162nd Street.

    Freeman issued a statement saying that “The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer.” Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth. She is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife.

    No charges have been filed. Police are investigating the stabbing.

  49. 106 EricFive
    August 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I am saddened by the passing of the great Julian Bond, but I am heartened by the love and respect his memory is receiving. I grew up in the 1970’s and had the great fortune of attending a school from pre-k through 4th grade that put a very strong emphasis on Black pride and Black history. I played Dr. Charles Drew in a school play. Julian Bond’s photo was one many heroes of Black history/present hanging on my classroom walls and he always stood out because he looked so young and cool. Looking back I now realize how blessed I was to have that foundation, that inoculation against the doctrine of white supremacy.

  50. 107 GGail
    August 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    NW, this is a beautiful tribute to Mr. Julian Bond. Thanks for posting the tweets from Mr. Lewis that I posted on the previous thread.

  51. August 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I must admit that I hadn´t heard of Julian Bond before, but he sure looks like a fascinating personality. I´ll have to read up on him.

    On an unrelated note, but I just can´t contain my inner fangirl: has anyone heard about this movie:


    it might get corny but I. Don´t. Care.In.The.Least!!

    …I think I spontaneously fell in love with this actor´s eyes. And there I was planning on going to bed at a civil time.

  52. 111 Roberta in MN
    August 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for this awesome tribute to Mr. Bond. He will be missed in the loves of all Americans. May he rest in peace.

  53. 113 globalcitizenlinda
    August 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    as the activist of Navajo Nation chase McCain off their reservation, let us remember that he was also recently advocating for selling the land of the First Americans to a foreign mining company ;

    the gop-push for exploitation of the marginalized never seems to loose its stride – gop, …., always greedy, …. always looking for a way to steal other people’s resource domestically and abroad

  54. August 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm


    as usual, you brought it. This was a wonderful tribute. Thank you so much.

  55. August 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This is not necessarily political, but I was just sent this really interesting article about AA fiber artist Joseph Mallard. He became interested in quilting by watching his great-great grandmother quilt. She had been a slave. It makes you realize that slavery days are not that far away. The quilts are amazing. My church organist has one that her mother commissioned for her 30 or 40 years ago. (She is a great musician and plays with several jazz bands too). The article discusses his quilt commemorating many of the things that happened during President Obama’s first term. This time I’m putting the link in!


  56. August 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    You mean Donald Trump who is loved by black people haven’t offer his sympathy to the Bond family.

  57. 118 mtmarilyn
    August 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    NW you continue to outdo yourself. This is such a beautiful tribute to a great man. An man of dignity, grace, strength and courage. I so admire him. Such a great loss to his family and to all of us.

  58. 121 57andfemale
    August 16, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  59. August 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

  60. 123 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm

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