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7 powerful quotes by late civil and human rights icon Julian Bond

AUSTIN -- APRIL 10: Julian Bond, former Chairman of the NAACP, center, link arms with his wife, Pamela Horowitz, left, and Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, during Mavis Staples' performance of "We Shall Overcome" at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

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Civil rights legend Julian Bond dies at 75. The first president (1971-79) of Southern Poverty Law Center since its founding, Bond was also a co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century. Bond was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights.

In honor of his legacy, we have compiled a list of powerful quotes by Bond.

On Poor Education for Blacks:

“Violence is Black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years’ worth of education.”

On Unemployment for Blacks:

“As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.”

On Inspiring the Youth:

“I tell young people to prepare themselves as best they can for a world that grows more challenging every day-get the best education they can, and couple that education with real-life experience in social justice work.”

On the Civil Rights Struggle: 

“I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you’d have to knuckle down. A lot of people in our generation did that. They didn’t drop out and run away.”

On Equal Rights:

“The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.”

On Appreciating Everyone’s Rights:

“I think you could not be in the civil rights movement without having an appreciation for everybody’s rights. That these rights are not divisible.”

On the Definition of Civil Rights:

“There’s this big debate that goes on in America about what rights are: Civil rights, human rights, what they are? And I think it’s—in part—it’s an artificial debate. Because everybody has rights.”