Remembering Julian Bond, 1940-2015
Over the weekend, America lost a pioneer in the struggle for civil rights. Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, died on August 15 after a brief illness.
Take a look at a few facts about about the civil rights activist:
Birth date: January 14, 1940
Death date: August 15, 2015
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
Birth name: Horace Julian Bond
Father: Horace Mann Bond, an educator
Mother: Julia (Washington) Bond, a librarian
Marriages: Pamela Sue Horowitz (March 17, 1990-August 15, 2015, his death); Alice Clopton (July 28, 1961-November 10, 1989, divorced)
Children: with Deborah Kaye Moore: Mia, 1988; with Alice Clopton: Julia Louise, 1969; Jeffrey Alvin, 1968; Michael Julian, 1966; Horace Mann II, 1963; Phyllis Jane, 1962
Education: Morehouse College, B.A., 1971
- Was the first African-American to have his name placed in nomination for vice president of the United States. He could not accept the nomination because he was only 28-years-old, which is under the age of eligibility according to the Constitution.
- His father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African-American president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
- In 1977, Julian Bond became the first African-American politician to host Saturday Night Live.
- Bond boycotted the funeral of Coretta Scott King in 2006 because the venue chosen for the memorial was at a church known for its anti-gay stance, a position Bond found to be in conflict with King’s support of gay rights.
- Bond has been awarded 21 honorary degrees from colleges and universities.