The first political demonstration that I ever went to was a ”seat Julian Bond now” demo. The Georgia Legislature had refused to seat him, because he opposed the Vietnam War. It was a small demo but it was the first of many. It was less than twenty people in the snow in January in Philly.
I followed his career and was continually impressed, particularly as he was a vocal supporter of LGBT and HIV issues. I had always felt a special connection to him because of that demo. I had fantasized that if I ever met him in person, I would tell him about that first demo. Now I will never get that chance. Bond achieved a great deal and always maintained his integrity. I admire and respect his legacy. He was one of the giants of the 60s that stood the test of time.