Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond Dies at 75

Civil rights activist and longtime NAACP chairman Julian Bond has died. He was 75 years old.

Bond died at his home in Florida on Saturday. Bond was a major figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and serving as the organization's communications director, taking part in many of the era's major protests.

“With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder Morris Dees said in a statement. “He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.”

Bond is survived by his wife Pamela Horowitz and their five children. President Barack Obama released a statement on Bond's passing, lauding his accomplishments and calling him a "hero and a friend," one who "helped change this country for the better."

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