Julian Bond remembered as civil rights champion

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Posted: Aug 16, 2015 6:54 PM
Julian Bond remembered as civil rights champion

ATLANTA (AP) — Reaction to the death of civil rights activist Julian Bond:

"Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that."

— President Barack Obama

"The City of Atlanta is in mourning today. We have lost one of our heroes."

— Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

"I think his legacy is going to be that he was a lifetime struggler. He started when he was about 17 and he went to 75 and I don't know a single time when he was not involved in some phase of the civil rights movement."

— Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young

"Julian lived his life at the center of the fight for civil rights, equality, and justice."

— Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"You can use the term giant, champion, trail blazer — there's just not enough adjectives in the English language to describe the life and career of Julian Bond. ... A voice that has been silenced now is one that I just don't think you can replace."

— Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

"The arc of service of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond's life extends high and wide over America's social justice landscape... This is a moment of incalculable loss in a trying hour of innumerable civil right challenges."

— NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks

"From his days as a young activist to his years as both an elder statesman and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Julian Bond inspired a generation of civil rights leaders,"

— NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock

"He was a very a deep thinker and a tremendous writer and author."

— Carolyn Long Banks, who participated in protests with Bond in the 1960s.