Julian Bond, 75, dies; was leading figure in civil rights movement

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August 17, 2015

In this April 10, 2014, file photo, former NAACP chairman and civil rights advocate Julian Bond holds hands with Luci Baines Johnson, the younger daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, before U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Bond died Aug. 15  at age 75. (CNS photo/Ricardo B. Brazziell, EPA via Statesman.com) See OBIT-BOND Aug. 17, 2015.

In this April 10, 2014, file photo, former NAACP chairman and civil rights advocate Julian Bond holds hands with Luci Baines Johnson, the younger daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, before U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Bond died Aug. 15 at age 75. (CNS photo/Ricardo B. Brazziell, EPA via Statesman.com)

ATLANTA (CNS) — Julian Bond, a leading figure in the civil rights movement and the first African-American in Georgia’s Legislature, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in Walton Beach, Florida, of complications from vascular disease. He was 75.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 15, 1940, Bond moved with his family to Atlanta, where he went to Morehouse College. While at Morehouse, he founded a group called the Committee on Appeal to Human Rights, which desegregated Atlanta’s lunch counters.

The group eventually melded into the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, for which Bond became communications director for six years. That organization pressed the issue of civil rights and voter registration in the Deep South.

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