The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law community mourns the loss of civil rights legend Julian Bond. Mr. Bond dedicated his life to civil rights and social justice movements and we will miss his vision, leadership and friendship as we continue the struggle. Mr. Bond's courage and dedication to justice has been demonstrated since his days as a student at Morehouse College where he helped found the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Council. His commitment to non-violence led him to be a strong voice against the War in Vietnam. His opposition to the War was the pretext for the Georgia State Senate to three time refuse him his lawfully elected seat in that body, which he occupied only after a decision of the Supreme Court. His activism continued unabated until his death as a leader of the NAACP, a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocate for marriage equality and many other causes. Julian Bond made America a better place. He has taught us much and as an institution dedicated to equal justice we are heirs of his legacy. We will miss him.
UDC-DCSL Dean Shelley Broderick adds:
I am feeling so sad at the passing of Julian Bond! I was honored to appear with him early this summer at the Newseum on a civil rights program celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. We talked about Joe Rauh's role among other things. He talked about the movie Selma, which showed real footage of him. He told wonderful stories about those pivotal days in which he played such an important role. He was utterly charming and inspiring. Bill Robinson, John Brittain and I also got to hang out some with him in May at the Leadership Conference Dinner. He was so vibrant and funny. He promised me that he would speak at the law school this fall--about Rock and Roll!!! He did note that the only other time he spoke on that topic, he had a heart attack that night. I never imagined that he wouldn't be with us going forward. It was a privilege to know him.