Sunday, August 16, 2015
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DC Vote - Press Release
Author: 
James Jones

Press Release

For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director 202.462.6000 x112 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / jjones@dcvote.org / www.dcvote.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2015

DC Vote Mourns the Loss of Julian Bond

The DC Voting rights community is mourning the loss of civil and human rights icon, Julian Bond. He died on Saturday at the age of 75.

Bond fought tirelessly his entire career for the eradication of injustice and inequality for African Americans and for all people living under discrimination.

In his early years Bond supported the fight for DC Home Rule and later as a DC resident and Chairman of the NAACP he used his voice and platform to call attention to the injustice of taxation without representation in our nation's capitol. He pushed hard for congressional legislation that would grant the people of DC equal access to our national legislature.

DC Vote recognized Bond's lifelong advocacy efforts to strengthen democratic equality by honoring him with the prestigious Champion of Democracy Award in 2012.

Bond's commitment to DC Voting rights continued in 2014, when he was featured in another DC Vote public service announcement, this time in the city's taxi cab monitors, educating more than 20 million visitors about DC's second class status.

"While Mr. Bond's death is a great loss to the movement for social justice, we in the DC voting rights community will reflect upon and celebrate his many contributions that have positively impacted people's lives." said Kimberly Perry executive director of DC Vote. "He will be sorely missed."

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