Julian Bond, a legendary civil rights leader, legislator, and longtime professor at the University of Virginia, died on August 15 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was 75 years old.
Professor Bond was born in Nashville. At the age of 5, he moved with his family to Pennsylvania when his father was named president of what is now The Lincoln University.
After high school, Julian Bond enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta. There, he was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1961, Bond dropped out of college to devote all of his energies to the civil rights movement. He later returned to Morehouse to earn his bachelor’s degree in 1971.
In 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served for 20 years in the state legislature. In 1971, he was a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and remained on the center’s board of directors until his death.
In 1998, Professor Bond was elected chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and continued in that role until 2010. He taught history at the University of Virginia for 20 years, retiring in 2012.