Friday, August 28, 2015

Stephen L. Carter ― Remembering Julian Bond

Stephen L. Carter, a Bloomberg View columnist, and conservative professor, writes on the passing of his mother's former boss, Julian Bond.

"One of my keenest memories of Julian Bond is his voice. It had a beautiful tone, smooth and musical and soft. In the 1970s, when Julian was in the Georgia legislature, my mother was a top aide. I would drop by his Atlanta office now and then when home on break from college. The office was a boisterous, happy place, where phones rang constantly and constituents lined up for assistance. But when he sat down at a desk -- any desk, there was no set location -- to record his "Julian Bond at Large" radio spot, a sudden hush fell uncommanded across the room. Even the constituents stopped to listen. He always finished the recording in one take. Everyone would applaud.

Bond, who died this past weekend at age 75, was a towering figure in the civil rights movement, a man of both conscience and controversy. He cut his political eyeteeth in the 1960s as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a spellbinder and a firebrand, never reluctant to say exactly what he thought and to let the chips fall where they may.

Read the full article HERE.