FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness.
The Nashville, Tennessee native was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and as its communications director, he was on the front lines of protests that led to the United States' landmark civil rights laws.
He later served as board chairman of the 500,000-member NAACP for 10 years but declined to run again in 2010.
Bond also served in the Georgia state legislature and was a professor at American University and the University of Virginia.