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Sun Aug 16, 2015, 04:13 AM

Did you guys see this thread? Julian Bond has died. I loved that guy.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027081936

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Reply Did you guys see this thread? Julian Bond has died. I loved that guy. (Original post)
MADem Aug 2015 OP
Cha Aug 2015 #1
Tarheel_Dem Aug 2015 #2
Hekate Aug 2015 #3
LuvNewcastle Aug 2015 #4
Starry Messenger Aug 2015 #5
brer cat Aug 2015 #6
BumRushDaShow Aug 2015 #7
Cha Aug 2015 #16
BumRushDaShow Aug 2015 #19
Cha Aug 2015 #20
TBF Aug 2015 #8
Skidmore Aug 2015 #9
Gothmog Aug 2015 #10
lovemydog Aug 2015 #11
Cha Aug 2015 #17
murielm99 Aug 2015 #18
MADem Aug 2015 #22
Spazito Aug 2015 #12
SusanCalvin Aug 2015 #13
Number23 Aug 2015 #14
Cha Aug 2015 #15
MADem Aug 2015 #24
blackspade Aug 2015 #21
kwassa Aug 2015 #23
Admiral Loinpresser Aug 2015 #25
MADem Aug 2015 #26

Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 04:22 AM

1. Thank you, MADem..

RIP Julian Bond

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 04:41 AM

2. Thanks for the heads up! n/t

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 05:43 AM

3. I saw it. Thanks for spreading the word. RIP, Julian Bond.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 06:05 AM

4. Looks like Bond and Bernie Sanders

were close to the same age. I'm guessing that they were involved with SNCC at about the same time. Wonder how well they knew each other. We're seeing the old Civil Rights leaders pass on now. I hope we get some worthy people to take their place.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 07:35 AM

5. I just woke up for some reason and saw the news on

Facebook on my phone. So sad. What a tremendous life. RIP Julian Bond.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 07:40 AM

6. Sad, sad news.

Julian Bond was a special hero of mine, and he had an enormous influence on me. My first job (mid 1960's) was for the GA Dept. of Education which was located across the street from the capitol. After he was elected to the GA House, and finally seated thanks to the USSC, I would frequently go over on my lunch hour to sit in the gallery and watch him.

No one in this group needs an education on Julian, but I note these things because of our shared history. I came of age as his star was ascending, and he provided the light for my way. Civil Rights and opposition to the Vietnam War were both the issues of the day, and both were movements where I was struggling to find my way against the tide here in the south. Julian's work was inspirational, but more meaningful to me was his courage and absolute steadfastness to his principles. His outspokenness on the Vietnam War almost cost him his seat in the GA house, but he continued to support those who refused the draft.

When Lester Maddox ran for governor of GA I cast my only vote ever for a republican to oppose him. Neither candidate received a majority which threw the election to the House to decide. Julian refused to vote for either man: proudly segregationist Lester or "freedom of choice" Bo Callaway. That taught me a lesson in supporting the lesser of two evils.

Much later when I belatedly "discovered" gay rights, there was Julian out in front with his headlights on bright. My favorite quote from Julian was "if you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married."

I was astounded when he was arrested for demonstrating in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline when he was in his 70's. That meant more to me than all of Gore's words. The man did not know the meaning of "retire" or "quit"

Julian, you served us well and long, never giving up the good fight.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 08:00 AM

7. Just saw this

What a loss. He was a legendary voice in the movement taking the struggle up a notch as part of the next generation following the "elders" like MLK. His was a rocky road but his name will forever be remembered.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 03:35 AM

16. You might be interested in this Photo-Journal from the Obama Diary on Julian Bond, BRDS

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Response to Cha (Reply #16)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 04:21 AM

19. Mahalo Cha!

Some great photos there!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #19)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 04:25 AM

20. You're Welcome, BRDS.. some Phenomenal history!

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:07 AM

8. Woke up to the news

of the loss of our socialist brother.

I've pulled together a memorial here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10249281

And wanted to express my condolences.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:40 AM

9. That was the first news story I saw this morning.

Such a great leader and kind man. Such a great loss.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:54 AM

10. May he rest in peace

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 05:20 PM

11. Julian Bond - New York Times Obituary

Julian Bond, 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, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75. He died after a brief illness, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement Sunday morning.

Mr. Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He was the committee’s communications director for five years and deftly guided the national news media toward stories of violence and discrimination as the committee challenged legal segregation in the South’s public facilities.

He gradually moved from the militancy of the student group to the top leadership of the establishmentarian N.A.A.C.P. Along the way, Mr. Bond was a writer, poet, television commentator, lecturer and college teacher, and a 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 in the 1960s and 1970s. He was called 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, Mr. Bond 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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/us/julian-bond-former-naacp-chairman-and-civil-rights-leader-dies-at-75.html

There's a slideshow there too, highlighting his life and times.

His life was inspiring. In his speeches one can feel his poise & grace. I once sat near him during a conference on civil rights at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. He was dignified and relaxed. He exuded warmth and gentle wit. Because of his great work, he inspired me & many others to get more involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Here's Morris Dees on losing this great champion:

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2015/08/16/weve-lost-champion

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 03:38 AM

17. Mahalo for this, lovemydog.. so glad you got to by him at one time in history.. in New Mexico!

Here's a photo-journal with tweets from admirers on the Obama Diary if you're interested.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1187&pid=23135

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 03:59 AM

18. There was a time when I thought he might be

our first African American President. Maybe the work he was doing was more important in the long run. He was one of those who lit the way for President Obama.

I remember seeing him at one of the Democratic conventions. Someone wanted to nominate him for either President or Vice President, but he was still too young. I wish I could remember more about that convention.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 04:04 PM

22. The very definition of a Morehouse man, he was!

Thank you for those links.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 05:27 PM

12. It was the first thing I heard when I turned on my television...

Sad news, he was a giant in the fight for racial justice. I didn't know he founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization I have great respect for.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 07:20 PM

13. I did not know that either.

I will miss him so much.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 08:43 PM

14. WHat??! Oh my God

I am so sad to hear about this. We have known his family for years. It's times like this that I HATE being so goddamned far awayy!!!!

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 03:33 AM

15. Rest In Peace, Power, And Greatness, Julian Bond~ A Photo Journal from The Obama Diary of Julian

Bond's 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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Julian Bond & @repjohnlewis registering black voters in the South in early 1970s with the Voter Education Project
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Many more photos and tweets on Julian Bond! http://theobamadiary.com/2015/08/16/rest-in-peace-power-and-greatness-julian-bond/

Thank you, MADem~

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Response to Cha (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:18 PM

24. Thank YOU for the pics/link! nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 02:38 PM

21. Truly a tragic loss.

RIP Mr. Bond

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 08:32 PM

23. I heard him speak many years ago at a college.

Great speaker, probably the best that I've heard in person.

A great champion for civil rights.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2015, 11:11 AM

25. An historic, American treasure.

I consider Martin, Julian and Joseph Lowery to be the greatest of the "old school" civil rights activists.

I'll never forget when Rev. Lowery said: "I'd rather have Roosevelt in a wheelchair, than Reagan on a horse!"

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Response to Admiral Loinpresser (Reply #25)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 01:31 AM

26. What a great quote!! nt

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