Civil rights activist Julian Bond dies at 75

Julian Bond
FILE- In this July 8, 2007, file photo shows NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addresses the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit. Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

A civil rights pioneer, Julian Bond, has died.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he passed away Saturday night in Florida after a brief, unspecified illness.

Bond served as founding president of the SPLC in the 1970s. The Tennessee native was on the forefront of the 1960s civil rights movement, protesting for equal rights for African-Americans.

Bond also fought against Apartheid in South Africa during the ‘80s. He served in the Georgia State Legislature for 20 years. He was a professor at several universities, including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, and was chairman of the NAACP for more than a decade.

Bond was 75 years old.

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