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...