COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Members of the NAACP across the country and in the Chattahoochee Valley have been invited to take part in a farewell tribute to legendary civil rights activists and former NAACP board chairman Julian Bond.
Bond died Saturday, August 15 at the age of 75. According to a statement from the NAACP, Bond's family will hold a private service for him on Saturday, August 22.
However, the family is inviting NAACP branches and others who want to honor Bond to gather at a body of water near their own home Saturday and precisely at 2 p.m. CDT to spread flower pedals on the water in tribute to Bond.
The NAACP statement says "this gesture will mean a great deal to the family and also provide some comfort in knowing that you share their loss."
The NAACP Columbus branch will meet at Lake Oliver on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. to join in the tribute. They will spread rose petals in the water there in honor of Bond's life and legacy.
Born in Nashville, Bond helped launch the civil rights movement as a student at Morehouse College in the early 1960's. He also helped co-found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the student activist group that played a critical role in executing the movement's most dangerous work in the Deep South.
After leaving Morehouse, Bond focused exclusively on civil rights efforts, organizing voter registration drives and leading student protests against segregation and Jim Crow throughout Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
After passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for four terms. He would also be elected to the Georgia Senate six times before resigning in 1987.
In the years to follow, Bond focused on education and media work, teaching at universities throughout the north and south and hosting "America's Black Forum." In 1998, he was chosen as the chairman of the NAACP, a role he continued until his resignation in 2010.
Bond died in Fort Walton, FL. following a brief illness.