WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the nation mourns the loss of renowned civil rights champion Julian Bond, who died on August 15th, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released the following statement:
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) is saddened by the passing of civil rights champion Julian Bond, founder and former president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, former board chairman of the NAACP, activist, lawmaker, author, and an original leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. “Mr. Bond was a stalwart and visionary leader who worked tirelessly for the cause of civil and human rights nationwide,” said Lawyers’ Committee Board Co-Chair John Nonna.
“Mr. Bond inspired many lawyers and activists toward action in combatting racial injustice and inequality over his lifetime,” added Lawyers’ Committee Board Co-Chair Donald J. Rosenberg. “We will remember his legacy and fine example as we continue moving America toward justice and answering President Kennedy’s call to marshal the pro bono services of the private bar in securing equal justice for all through the rule of law.”
The Lawyers’ Committee extends condolences to Mr. Bond’s wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, his children and grandchildren. We pledge to honor Mr. Bond’s legacy by working with renewed vigor toward a more just America.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development, employment; voting; education; environmental justice and criminal justice. For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.