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Julian Bond funeral service will be private

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)

(Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

Noted civil rights activist Julian Bond who died this past weekend at the age of 75, will have a private funeral, according to a family statement. Bond suffered from vascular disease and became gravely ill last Wednesday before dying on Saturday. His family announced that he will be cremated and his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico at 2 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 22. The statement reads in part:

“Since we fully understand and appreciate that many of you consider Julian to be part of your family and would like to be a part of his official home going, we extend the following invitation. We invite you to gather at a body of water near your home and precisely at 2 p.m., CDT, spread flower pedals on the water and join us in bidding farewell to Horace Julian Bond. This gesture will mean a great deal to us as a family and also provide some comfort in knowing that you share our loss.”