7 Powerful Quotes By Late Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

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Civil rights legend Julian Bond dies at 75. The first president (1971-79) of Southern Poverty Law Center since its founding, Bond was also a co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century. Bond was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights.

In honor of his legacy, we have compiled a list of powerful quotes by Bond.

On Poor Education for Blacks:

“Violence is children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years’ worth of education.”

On Unemployment for Blacks:

“As legal passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.”

On Inspiring the Youth:

“I tell young people to prepare themselves as best they can for a world that grows more challenging every day-get the best education they can, and couple that education with real-life experience in social justice work.”

On the Civil Rights Struggle: 

“I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you’d have to knuckle down. A lot of people in our generation did that. They didn’t drop out and run away.”

On Equal Rights:

“The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.”

On Appreciating Everyone’s Rights:

“I think you could not be in the civil rights movement without having an appreciation for everybody’s rights. That these rights are not divisible.”

On the Definition of Civil Rights:

“There’s this big debate that goes on in America about what rights are: Civil rights, human rights, what they are? And I think it’s—in part—it’s an artificial debate. Because everybody has rights.”


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