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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Julian Bond poses for a portrait in W

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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.

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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

Julian

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.

Read the rest of Walker’s powerful and beautiful tribute at AliceWalkersGarden.com.

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