*The passing of iconic civil rights advocate and former NAACP chairman, Julian Bond, has struck a chord on so many levels, with so many people across the political, humanitarian and civil rights landscape.
The champion of equal rights for all of society’s oppressed died on Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and while condolences have been pouring in, we are now learning even more intimate details surrounding his death.
Bond, 75, leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Pamela Horowitz, who, says his sudden passing is from complications related to vascular disease. In a voice filled with emotion, Horowitz recalls a poignant incident that happened just as she was leaving the intensive care unit. She says a nurse who was the first to stop her and offer condolences told her.
“…‘I want you to know it was a privilege to take care of him,’ ” Horowitz recalls. “She said, ‘As a gay American, I thought he was a hero.’ And for her to say that, for her to be the last person who was with him, I thought it was a nice way to end.’”
Bond also co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has been front and center in the fight for civil rights and social justice since the 60’s.
His friends and family say he recently advocated for gay couples who wished to marry, and would chat and snap pictures with anyone on the street. He also is said to have talked regularly with President Barack Obama.
“Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life – from his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his founding role with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to his pioneering service in the Georgia legislature and his steady hand at the helm of the NAACP,” President Obama said in a statement Sunday. “Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship – and we offer our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Pamela, and his children.”
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