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 Your hand. We were all so young, Julian, And so hopeful In our solidarity. I stumbled over some of the words In the new to me Song But you sang solemnly, Correctly, Devoutly, Believing every word You sang With your whole Handsome Heart. A friend writes That you will be buried At sea And I nod Because that is how it felt Those years so long ago; That we were so young, Vulnerable, Swimming against An awesome tide of hatred And despair Definitely At sea.