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7 Influential Julian Bond Quotes to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

7 Influential Julian Bond Quotes to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Over the weekend, the world lost a champion of human rights and justice. 

Civil rights activist Julian Bond passed away at the age of 75. 

As one of the founders of civil rights leadership group SNCC — formerly known as The Students Non-Violence Coordinating Committee — Bond was one of the original trailblazers of the 1960s civil rights movement.

His charismatic and unassuming nature only added more substance to Bond's inspiring resume

A true warrior for social justice on all fronts, Julian Bond was adamant on addressing equal rights, especially the importance of acknowledging LGBT issues.

To help honor his legacy, we've gathered seven quotes that commemorate Bond's reverence for all individuals and their rights as human beings to equal rights. 

1. On human rights being for all humans
"There is no coloration to rights. Everybody has rights. I don't care who you are, where you come from. You got rights. I got rights. All God’s children got rights. We could make a song out of this. But anyway, I think this discussion is more a diversion than anything else. Because we all have rights. And they are human rights because we are human beings. And that's just it for me."

2. On civil rights being human rights
"There’s this big debate that goes on in America about what rights are: Civil rights, human rights, what they are? And I think it's — in part — it's an artificial debate. Because everybody has rights."

3. On recognizing all American as equal
"The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others."

4. On the work of lesser-known activists of the movement
"Most of those who made the movement were not famous, they were the faceless. They were the nameless, the marchers with tired feet, the protesters beat back with fire hoses and billy clubs, and the unknown women and men who risked job and home and life."

5. On young people
"I tell young people to prepare themselves as best they can for a world that grows more challenging every day-get the best education they can, and couple that education with real-life experience in social justice work."

6. On the necessity of truth
"The truth may hurt, but it's the truth."

7. On advice for men
"I would say to them 'Talk to a woman'. Reach over to the woman sitting next to you and ask her what you can do to help her in this situation."

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