LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  NAACP chairman Julian Bond poses for a portrait during the 41st NAACP Image awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP) *** Local Caption *** Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Civil Rights Activist

Horace Julian Bond was a well-known social activist, civil rights leader, politician, professor and writer. His activism began when he was a student Morehouse College, where Bond helped establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Throughout his career, he went on to be elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia State Senate, making his total span serving in both legislative chambers 20 years. He was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1998 to 2010 and became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. Bond was a vocal supporter of equal rights, including his support for same-sex marriage. To show just how serious he was, he boycotted Coretta Scott King’s funeral on the grounds that the King children chose an anti-gay megachurch to conduct the service. Bond died from complications of vascular disease on August 15, 2015, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, at the age of 75. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)