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

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 01:19

Former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who also held elected office in Georgia for two decades, dies in Florida. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Civil rights leader Julian Bond died in Florida on Saturday at age 75. Bond had been suffering from a brief illness, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights group he was president of during the 1970's. He is being hailed a "champion" and civil rights icon' on the group's website and twitter page. Bond is probably best known as chairman of the or NAACP, the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People, which he led from 1998 to 2010. He became interested in civil liberties as a student, and spent most of his twenties leading voter registration drives and protests against segregation throughout the south during the 1960's. He went on to become a lawmaker, and held elected office in Georgia for two decades. Stints as a professor and author followed. A lifelong activist -- Bond in recent years, protested the Keystone pipeline and was active in the campaign for marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Gay rights, Bond noted are civil rights. He is survived by five children.

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 01:19