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Julian Bond, a Civil Rights titan and longtime leader of the NAACP, died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75.

A public face of activism for civil rights throughout his life, Bond led the Southern Poverty Law Center and was the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. He also served in the Georgia Assembly for 20 years.

Bond, the longtime board chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died after a brief illness, according to a statement released early Sunday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Reaction to Bond’s death came from all corners of the region and the world.

In a tweet, the Rev. Jessie Jackson called Bond “a friend and fellow traveler who with courage, set the moral and academic tone of our generation.”

Cornell Brooks, president and Chief Executive of the NAACP, wrote on twitter: “The life and legacy, the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present and future of the NAACP and the nation.”

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