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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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