EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) – At the age of 75 years old, Julian Bond passed away after a brief illness.
Bond was a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP.
President Barack Obama says the late civil rights activist Julian Bond was a hero and friend.
Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama have benefited from Bond’s example, counsel, and friendship.
Obama’s offering prayers and sympathy to Bond’s wife, Pamela, and family.
Bond helped create the student non-violent coordinating committee.
He was on the frontlines of protests that led to the nation’s landmark civil rights laws.
Obama, vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, adds that Bond helped changed America for the better and “what better way to be remembered than that.”