Breaking News: Julian Bond, civil rights icon has passed away

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41 Responses to Breaking News: Julian Bond, civil rights icon has passed away

  1. rikyrah says:

    what a life…

    WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, Albert Einstein, MLK and every President since LBJ.

    What a life, Julian Bond.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Einstein at Lincoln University

    During the last twenty years of his life, Einstein almost never spoke at universities. He considered the honorary-degree ceremonies to which he was frequently invited to be “ostentatious.” Moreover, the abdominal aneurysm that would eventually take his life caused him increasing pain and made it difficult to travel. Given the constant stream of university invitations, he found it easiest to adopt a just-say-no rule. In May 1946, he broke that rule to speak at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Both the year and the choice of school are significant.

    About 60 miles from Princeton, Lincoln University was chartered in 1854 as, in the words of its eighth president Horace Mann Bond, “the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent.” In 1946, When Dr. Bond invited Einstein to Lincoln, the student body consisted of 265 men. “It was still a small school,” Mrs. Julie Bond, Dr. Bond’s widow, recalls. “But of course, everyone came to hear Einstein. We didn’t have a hall big enough, so we held the ceremony outdoors in the grove.”

    “On Friday, May 3rd, a very simple man came to Lincoln University,” one student wrote a few days later in the school newspaper:

    His emaciated face and simplicity made him appear as a biblical character. Quietly he stood with an expression of questioning wonder upon his face as…President Horace Mann Bond conferred a degree. Then this man with the long hair and deep eyes spoke into a microphone of the disease [racism] that humanity had. In the deep accents of his native Germany he said he could not be silent. And then he finished and the room was still. Later he lectured on the theory of relativity to the Lincoln students.
    That night, Albert Einstein went back to Princeton…

    Dr. Bond’s son chuckles today when he looks at an old photo of Lincoln faculty members’ children with the famous scientist: “Family lore has Einstein telling me ‘Don’t remember anything that is already written down.’ And although I do not recall this exchange” — he was barely four years old at the time — “I have followed this advice ever since.” (Whether Einstein’s advice helped or not, Julian Bond grew up to become a civil rights activist, State Assemblyman, TV talk-show host and Chairman of the NAACP.)

    In accepting the invitation, Einstein clearly intended to send a message to a wider audience. But the media then — like the media since then — had different news priorities. While almost all of Einstein’s public speeches and interviews were widely covered by the major media, in this case, most of the press treated the address by the world’s most famous scientist at the world’s oldest black university as a non-event.

    • rikyrah says:

      why I like this picture:

      1. they were ‘in those streets’.
      2. they had purpose.
      3. I love the shirts and ties.
      4. they were doing that lowly stuff that sets things in motion to get results.
      5. they didn’t think doing this lowly grunt work was beneath them or ‘ respectability politics’.

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I just know that Julian Bond’s lift and contributions will be celebrated for years to come.

    I am so grateful that our country was blessed by his presence.

    Thank you, Julian Bond, for all you did in the cause of social justice!

  4. rikyrah says:

    Eric Holder ✔ @EricHolder
    Julian Bond – activist, icon. A great man who made the gains of the next generation possible and the nation better. We owe him much.

  5. rikyrah says:

    from the SPLC:

    SPLCenter: We’ve Lost A Champion

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century,

    Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors. With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. 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

  6. Ametia says:

    Thank you, Mr. Bond, for all your decades of soldiering for justice. The evidence shows in your face. God’s Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Liza says:

    President this AM on the death of civil rights activist Julian Bond— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 16, 2015

  8. Liza says:

    Julian was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) August 16, 2015

  9. rikyrah says:

    Thanks SG2, for getting this thread up.

  10. rikyrah says:

    RIP, Julian Bond.

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “A Conversation with Julian Bond, part 1 of 6”

  12. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    With much gratitude to you Julian Bond.

  13. Julian Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. after brief illness, Southern Poverty Law

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