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In a follow-up to a story that #WTLC News, brought to you first, here in Indianapolis…

We’re waking up in a world without one of the nation’s beloved civil rights leaders. Former NAACP head Julian Bond died Saturday night. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Bond died in Florida, calling its former chairman a “visionary and tireless champion” for civil and human rights. He was the first to lead the SPLC.

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President Barack Obama is remembering Bond as a hero and a friend. In a statement released by the White House, the president said justice and equality was the mission that spanned Bond’s life and that he changed this country for the better. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, also called Bond one of his closest friends and talked about their close personal and working relationship in the movement over the years in a series of tweets.

Bond held elected office in the state of Georgia, as a member of the state’s House of Representatives and later becoming arguably one of the most popular state senators in the nation. He later lost a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th District to Lewis in what became a bitter battle.

Bond died after a brief illness at the age of 75. He is survived by second wife, Pamela Horowitz–a former SPLC staff attorney, his five children by first wife Alice Clopton Bond, a brother, a sister and a host of other relatives.

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