Stars React To Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond Death – See Celebrity Reactions
Stars are reacting to the death of Julian Bond, a renowned civil rights leader and the former NAACP chairman. Bond died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida at the age of 75. See celebrity reactions here.
Bond’s passing came after a brief illness, reports the Associated Press. Bond served as the NAACP chairman from 1998 to 2010. He also spent 20 years in the Georgia legislature, was a champion against LGBTQ discrimination, and was a founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Bond is survived by his wife and five children.
President Obama said in a statement, “Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship. Julian Bond helped change this country for the better.” Talib Kweli simply tweeted, “RIP Julian Bond,” and Raven-Symone wrote, “So sad…… The family is in my prayers.”
Stephen Colbert tweeted, “I will miss Julian Bond: A Great Man, and my Black Friend.” And Kerry Washington wrote, “Just got the wind knocked out of me. We have lost a true hero. A beautiful warrior for justice. A hero. #JulianBond.”
Al Sharpton stated, “Sad to hear that Julian Bond (civil rights activist/NAACP board chairman) has passed away. Condolences to his family.” NAACP President Cornell Brooks, tweeted, “The NAACP & the nation grieve… The life & legacy, the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present & future of the NAACP & the nation.” And actor Wendell Pierce expressed on Twitter, “We lost a great American hero today, Julian Bond. Founder of SNCC, leader of Freedom Summer, Civil Rights activist. A legend lost. RIP.”
Questlove posted, “rest in peace to Julian Bond: professor. organizer. civil rights activist.” Congressman John Lewis, noted, “Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends.” And actor Mark Deklin tweeted, “RIP Julian Bond.”
Al Gore tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Julian Bond. A lifelong champion for civil rights and the under privileged, he served as an inspiration to us all and we are each better because of his courageous work and commitment to justice.” Actor Lamman Rucker also commented on Bond’s death, writing, “Salute Julian Bond; a tireless advocate & eloquent voice for human justice & civil rights. We’ll carry the baton on!”