SOURCE: National Civil Rights Museum

August 17, 2015 17:58 ET

The National Civil Rights Museum Mourns the Death of Julian Bond, Civil Rights Pioneer and Lifelong Activist

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - August 17, 2015) - The National Civil Rights Museum joins the nation in mourning the death of Julian Bond, one of the nation's most tenacious and charismatic civil rights icons. He dedicated his life to civil rights and to inspire those in the Movement to stand up and speak out against racial atrocities.

Bond was honored in 2002 with the National Civil Rights Museum's highest honor, The Freedom Award. He is portrayal in the museum covers his life in civil rights from his early activism as on of the initial leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a student at Morehouse College to his leadership tenure with the NAACP and the Georgia legislature.

Bond was involved with the NAACP for most of his life serving as the Chairman of the NAACP Board for over a decade. In 1965, he and six other blacks were elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, but furious members of the House refused to let him take his seat, accusing him of disloyalty because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was known as an outspoken and dominating force in politics and activism. A Supreme Court ruling required the legislature to seat him and he served four terms in the House and six terms in the Georgia Senate (1967-1975). He was nominated for U.S. Vice President in 1968, but withdrew because he was too young.

"Julian Bond's numerous contributions to social justice and equality will not be forgotten," said Terri Lee Freeman, president, National Civil Rights Museum. "His life represents the foundation of the civil rights movement in this country from his involvement as a young man in fighting for the racial equality and continuing in the struggle for the rest of his life."

Born in Nashville, TN in 1940, Bond was a long-time civil rights activist, scholar, poet, politician and commentator. He helped establish the Southern Poverty Law Center, serving as its president from 1971-1979 and remained on its board until his death. Bond taught at Harvard, Drexel, American University and University of VA, hosted America's Black Forum from 1980-1997 and narrated the civil rights documentary series "Eyes on the Prize."


The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, close to 5 million visitors from around the world have come, including more than 60,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the Museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Finally, the NCRM invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.

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