For Immediate Release
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) On behalf of the NAACP Florida State Conference, we share the grief of civil rights activists from around the world in acknowledging the passing of a great advocate for Freedom and Justice—Horace Julian Bond.
Famed civil rights leader, social activist, educator, politician, poet, orator, and “Agitator-In-Chief,” Julian Bond, died early this morning in Destin, Florida. His death comes as a surprise to millions. Today, we affirm our commitment to celebrating, sharing, and duplicating his life work to create positive, social change for millions of Americans.
This stalwart Freedom Fighter will forever be remembered for taking a stand against segregation when he co-founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He will forever be remembered for his advocacy work in challenging White Supremacy when he served as the first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He will forever be remembered for his tireless efforts to bring equity and fair housing to the poor as a Georgia Legislator. Moreover, Mr. Bond, our agitator, our champion, our teacher, and our guide, will forever be remembered for his longstanding commitment to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a Board Member and immediate past Chairman.
The Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Units extends sympathy to his wife, children, grandchildren, family and close friends in the loss of one of America’s Champions for Justice.
Adora Obi Nweze
President, NAACP Florida State Conference