COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Congressman Sanford Bishop is speaking out about the death of civil rights icon Julian Bond.
Bishop says he and Bond were colleagues and friends for years and would discuss civil rights issues and more.
Bond died Saturday after a brief illness, and Bishop says the long-time leader of the NAACP will be greatly missed.
"I spent a lot of time in his office, talking with him about the movement," Bishop said. "He would share his speeches with me."
The Columbus branch of the NAACP will participate in nationwide observances Saturday in honor of Bond.
People across the country will spread flower petals in lakes and ponds precisely at 2 p.m. CST in tribute to Bond's life and legacy.
The local ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at Lake Oliver.