Julian Bond was one of America’s most prominent civil rights figures. In the early 1960s, he led demonstrations as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta and was a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a longtime board member of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, and served as its chair from 1998 until 2010.
Bond also served in the Georgia General Assembly for 20 years and was the Southern Poverty Law Center’s first president. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. Bond died on August 15, 2015, at the age of 75.