August 17, 2015
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.