More Reactions to Julian Bond’s Death

fbulian Bond05From President Obama:

From the ACLU:

The board of directors and the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union mourn the passing of Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and true hero.

As the chairperson of the NAACP, he was a monumental leader of the civil rights movement for decades. He was also an esteemed leader of the ACLU and served on the ACLU National Advisory Council where, in addition to his work on racial justice, he also pushed the needle forward on many other significant civil rights issues, including voting rights, free speech, women’s rights, and more. The ACLU represented him in 1966 when he was elected to the Georgia state legislature but was blocked from serving because he publicly supported Vietnam draft resisters. The court ruled in Bond v. Floyd that criticizing U.S. foreign policy does not violate a legislator’s oath to uphold the Constitution.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and to all who loved him. While we’ll no longer be graced by the physical presence of Julian Bond, his legacy is marked in the history books and forever etched in our hearts.

From Chair Dubose Porter of the Democratic Party of Georgia, with whom Bond served as a state legislator for 20 years:

“We have lost a powerful and beautiful voice for the rights of us all. Julian Bond lived his life to make the world a better place, and we are a better people because of his love and leadership.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bond family.”

From the National Black Justice Coalition:

“The NBJC family is deeply saddened by the passing of Julian Bond, who will be remembered as one of the fiercest fighters for justice and equality that the world has ever seen. Coming of age as an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement, his early and vocal support for LGBT rights has been a source of hope and inspiration to so many—especially to those within the Black LGBT community,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director & CEO. “I am a better activist and champion of civil rights because I was blessed to have known Julian Bond and saw him as my role model in being a frontline social justice warrior for racial justice and LGBT equality. The world has lost a hero, but we have gained a true example of how one life can make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place for all people. We must never forget what he stood for and build upon his legacy as we continue the fight for justice.”

From climate activist group 350.org:

Julian Bond was a social justice giant, someone who fought for dignity and justice throughout his entire life, in so many different ways — from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to the halls of government, and beyond.

He also saw the connections between climate change and many other injustices. He was arrested at the White House protesting Keystone XL in February 2013, in addition to many other contributions to the environmental justice movement.

From former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell:

Julian Bond was a legendary stalwart of the Civil Rights movement. His dedication and service made America a better place for all Americans, black and white. I knew Julian as a leader and as a friend. He will be missed. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.

And a very pro-LGBT factoid from California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom:

3. He boycotted the funeral services of Coretta Scott King because they were held in an anti-gay church which were in direct opposition to Mrs. King’s strong support for LGBT rights.

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