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Jullian Bond leaves rich legacy

August 16, 2015

Teacher, author, and civil rights activist Julian Bond died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Florida, following a short illness, according to The New York Times.

Mr. Bond was a distinguished guest at Skidmore’s 104th Commencement May 16 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and briefly addressed the graduates and their guests. Longtime Bond friend and colleague, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, told NPR in an Aug. 16 interview that Mr. Bond’s legacy includes his willingness to meet and teach young people. Said Lewis, “Julian must be remembered as one who inspired other generations of young people to stand up and speak out.”

Skidmore’s Class of 2015 heard first hand from Mr. Bond about how to make a difference. He told them, “You must place interest in principle above interest on principal.” Read his remarks here.

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