Iconic civil rights leader Julian Bond, board chairman of the NAACP for a decade, died on Saturday night at the age of 75.

The longtime activist and Tennessee native died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and as its communications director, he was on the front lines of protests that led to the nation’s landmark civil rights laws.

He was one of the symbolic faces of the 1960s civil rights movement in America.

Bond served as board chairman of the 500,000-member NAACP for 10 years but declined to run again for another one-year term in 2010. Read more…

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Civil rights icon Julian Bond dies at 75