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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The National Black caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) mourns the loss of former NAACP Chairman and former state legislator Julian Bond

August 16, 2015 – Julian Bond, former Chairman of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and former Georgia state legislator passed away today. A tireless civil rights advocate, renowned professor, and political organizer, Bond was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while at Morehouse College. He worked to organize voter registration drives and led student protests in the Jim Crow South. Bond became a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 and in 1966, the House voted to remove him from his seat. In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Georgia House violated Bond’s First Amendment rights and was required to seat him. Bond served four terms in the Georgia House and six years in the Georgia Senate. Bond also helped to establish the Southern Poverty Law Center and served as its president. As NAACP Chairman, Bond served from 1998-2010. NBCSL President Senator Catherine Pugh offers the following statement:

“Julian Bond was a tremendous advocate and leader for this country. His advocacy for fairness for all people and distinctly for African Americans and people of color will continue to serve as a model for this country. Chairman Bond was one of us having served as a representative in the Georgia legislature. A leader, advocate and man of action, Julian Bond, will be sorely missed. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to the principles he strived to uphold and will endure to bring justice and opportunity for all.”
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