Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Giant Julian Bond

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"We honor his legacy by continuing the fight for justice and equality for all."
August 16, 2015

(New York, August 16, 2015) — Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director, made the following statement:

"Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of Julian Bond, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Bond’s enormous contributions not only to the LGBT community but to the unending struggle to uproot inequality wherever it exists. Every one of us who continues the fight for equality and civil rights in our own communities owes a great debt to this fearless, tireless leader who stood on the frontlines for over fifty years.

"From his years as a young organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his decades in the Georgia Legislature, to his leadership as the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond exemplifies commitment to change both from outside and within. As an LGBT advocate, Julian Bond was one of the first civil rights leaders to endorse marriage equality and, along with Coretta Scott King, to place the movement for LGBT equality alongside other campaigns for human rights. 

"We offer our sympathies to Mr. Bond's family and loved ones. We honor his legacy by continuing the fight for justice and equality for all."