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Civil rights icon Julian Bond dies at 75

Civil rights icon Julian Bond dies at 75

Julian Bond, an inspiring icon of the civil rights movement who fought against all forms of discrimination and served as the longtime board chairman of the Baltimore-based NAACP, died Saturday. He was 75.

Mr. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement Sunday.

He was remembered as a renaissance man — a poet and a politician, an academic and a humanitarian who devoted his life to the ideals of justice and equality.

"Julian Bond helped change this country for the better," President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "And what better way to be remembered than...