A few years ago, I wrote this tribute celebrating Julian Bond. I've always admired his courage to speak up for what is right, to point out what was wrong, and to never back down. He will be sorely missed in this world:
"He doesn't back down from anyone. When he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, he was asked to disavow his public opposition to the Vietnam war, and he refused, so the state refused to give him his seat. He fought it all the way to the Supreme Court, and won. He went on to serve the House for four terms.
When the legislature elected a segregationist as governor of Georgia, he refused to support the vote, even when ordered by the lt. governor. He went on to be elected for six terms in the Georgia Senate.
When George W. Bush was elected as President over Al Gore, he attacked the administration for selecting Cabinet secretaries "from the Taliban wing of American politics, specifically targeted Attorney General John Ashcroft, who had opposed affirmative action, and Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who defended the Confederacy in a 1996 speech on states' rights. He termed the Bush administration as illegitimate.
When elements of the NAACP opposed gay marriage, he stood up for gays and lesbians and publicly stated his support for same-sex marriage, stating "African Americans ... were the only Americans who were enslaved for two centuries, but we were far from the only Americans suffering discrimination then and now. ... Sexual disposition parallels race. I was born this way. I have no choice. I wouldn’t change it if I could. Sexuality is unchangeable."
His name is Julian Bond, social activist, leader in the American civil rights movement, politician, professor, writer, established the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, chairman of the NAACP."
Rest in peace, Sir,
End Jon S. Randal
Julian Bond at the GA State House when the assembly voted to bar him from his seat due to his anti-war stance- 1966.
"Mine eyes have seen the glory...."