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Human Rights Leader Dies at 75
According to Reuters, U.S. civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who emerged as one of the pre-eminent student activists in America’s turbulent 1960s, died on Saturday, August 15th aged 75.
Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement, without giving the cause of death. Bond was the civil rights organization’s first president.
“The country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice,” said Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Bond also taught at several colleges and universities and became a published author. In later years, he was a regular commentator for “The Today Show,” and even hosted NBC’s late- night comedy show, “Saturday Night Live.”
He is survived by his second wife, Pamela Horowitz, and his five children, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.