January 14, 1940 | Julian Bond
One of America’s greatest fighters for civil rights, Horace Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. Educator, civil rights leader, politician, author and spokesperson for the disenfranchised, Julian Bond will be remembered as an integral part of the civil rights foundation that transformed the lives of millions of African Americans. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Bond entered politics and served in the Georgia House from 1965 to 1975 and in the Georgia State Senate from 1975 to 1986.
He ran for congress in 1986 and was defeated by John Lewis. He served from 1971 to 1979 as president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and taught at several universities including Harvard. Bond served as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP. He died on August 15, 2015 at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida at age 75.