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AU Press Statement: Julian Bond’s Passing

The American University community mourns the loss of civil rights champion and educator Julian Bond.Julian Bond served as distinguished adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University from the 1990s–2015.

See photos of Julian Bond during his years at AU.

While at American University, Bond incorporated into his classes his personal experiences from being a student of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serving on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement where he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Bond also explained how the Civil Rights Movement served as a model for subsequent movements including the Gay Rights Movement.

"Julian Bond was a gifted teacher and mentor and a giant in the Civil Rights Movement. He provided a bridge to the civil rights struggles from the 1960s and the challenges that still remain for equality and justice," said American University president Dr. Neil Kerwin."Our students benefited from his first-hand knowledge of activism in the face of adversity and winning against tough odds."

"Julian Bond brought his history as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and an ongoing focus on social activism to American University's School of Public Affairs," said School of Public Affairs dean Barbara Romzek."He made an indelible mark on the School, our faculty and staff, and the students he taught. It was an honor and privilege to have him with us for so many years."

Last spring Bond taught Advanced Studies in Public Policy: Politics of Civil Rights Movement. This fall he would have taught an Honors Colloquium in Arts &Humanities: Oral History of Civil Rights Movement.

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