CHICAGO (AP) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s “saddened and broken hearted” at the death of civil rights figure Julian Bond.
Jackson said in a statement Monday morning that Bond “set the moral and academic tone of our generation of student activists.” Bond died Saturday night at age 75 in Florida after a brief illness. He was a major figure in the 1960s civil rights movement and longtime board chairman of the NAACP.
Jackson, the Chicago-based civil rights advocate, remembered Bond’s time as secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and as a George state representative.
Jackson called Bond “a scholar, activist and global peace leader” who was an “educator, a fighter for political rights and domestic justice.”