NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Single Stop Advisory Committee Member
January 14, 1940 – August 15, 2015
UPDATE: On Saturday August 22 the family of Julian Bond invited everyone to scatter flower petals in a nearby body of water as his wife and children scattered his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 100 photos were submitted under #FlowersforJulian, from waters as far as the Thames River.
Julian Bond was a social justice icon and a pioneer of the civil rights movement. From his founding role with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Southern Poverty Law Center to his leadership as chairman of the NAACP, his life’s work was driven by the fight for equality and justice. Angela Dorn, Single Stop’s Chief Legal Officer and a founding staff member, was Julian’s teaching assistant at Harvard for his course in civil rights. The course he taught became the most popular at the college and spurred Harvard, and later others, to make more serious investment in their Afro-Am departments.
He was a tireless advocate for Single Stop, and just last month joined Angela Dorn and Elisabeth Mason at an event in Philadelphia. Julian’s unyielding conviction made an immeasurable difference in the lives of all Americans, but at Single Stop we knew him as the funny, down-to-earth, and unfailingly charming man he was in person.
“Our world is undoubtedly better and brighter because he was here. If we can collectively achieve half of what he managed individually, we will consider ourselves a success. Thank you, Julian.” – Elisabeth Mason, CEO
“Julian was our friend and mentor. He showed us the way forward for empowering the people with humor, intelligence and love. We’ll continue to honor his legacy with our work.” – Angela Dorn, CLO