The death of legendary civil rights leader Julian Bond on August 15th left a community bereft, yet grateful for a life well-lived and legacy that will inspire and inform generations of activists to come.
Author and poet Alice Walker posted a fitting tribute to Bond on her website, remembering the young, passionate activist he was in college and the icon he would become.
It’s definitely worth the read:
Julian Bond 1940-2015
The first time I sang
We Shall Overcome
Was in a circle
On the lawn of Trevor Arnett Library
At Atlanta University
And by chance
I was holding
We were all so young,
And so hopeful
In our solidarity.
I stumbled over some of the words
In the new to me
But you sang solemnly,
Believing every word
With your whole
A friend writes
That you will be buried
And I nod
Because that is how it felt
Those years so long ago;
That we were so young,
An awesome tide of hatred
Read the rest of Walker’s powerful and beautiful tribute at AliceWalkersGarden.com.
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