Julian Bond, one of the most prominent civil rights leaders of the last 50 years and a longtime chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday at a Florida hospital of complications from vascular disease, The Washington Post reports. He was 75.
A student of the Rev. Martin Luther King at Atlanta's Morehouse College and a former Georgia state legislator, Mr. Bond co-founded two key civil rights groups: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which thrust him into the national spotlight in the early 1960s, and the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. He headed the NAACP board from 1998 to 2010. In a statement, President Obama hailed Mr. Bond as a "hero" who made justice and equality "the mission that spanned his life."