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U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond and activists opposed to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project tie themselves to the White House fence during an environmental protest in Washington, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond and activists opposed to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project tie themselves to the White House fence during an environmental protest in Washington, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. civil rights leader and former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP Julian Bond, who also held elected office in Georgia for two decades, died on Saturday aged 75.
Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC announced in a statement. Bond was the civil rights organization’s first president.
“Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights,” SPLC said of its former president who held the post from 1971 to 1979.
Bond as well was the chairman NAACP from 1998 to 2010. The son of a university president and a librarian, helped co-found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, SNCC and was its communications director for five years in the early 1960s, canvassing the U.S. South to organize civil rights and voter registration drives and lead anti-segregation protests.
In 1965 he was one of several African Americans elected to the Georgia House of Representatives after the new Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act opened voter registration to blacks. Bond served four terms in Georgia’s House and six terms in it Senate.
After losing a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, Bond taught at several colleges and universities and became a published author. In later years he was a regular commentator for “The Today Show,” and even hosted NBC’s late night comedy show, “Saturday Night Live.”
Cause of death of the divorced and father of five is not known yet.

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