Civil rights advocate, social justice champion, one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, former chairman of the NAACP, and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Julian Bond died Saturday at the age of 75 after a short illness. His New York Times obituary is here.
He led an extraordinary life, right to its very end:
His wife of 24 years, Pamela Horowitz, was leaving the intensive care unit when a nurse stopped her, the first admirer to offer condolences.Julian Bond was genuinely a national treasure. Rest in power, sir.
"She told me, 'I want you to know it was a privilege to take care of him,'" recalls Horowitz, voice wavering. "She said, 'As a gay American, I thought he was a hero.' And for her to say that, for her to be the last person who was with him, I thought it was a nice way to end."