The family of Julian Bond will honor the wishes of the late civil rights leader with a burial at sea.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bond’s body will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. The burial will be part of a private ceremony at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time on Saturday (Aug. 22).
Bond, a Morehouse College student who rose to prominence with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, died Saturday night (Aug. 15) in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., following a short illness. He was 75.
Bond’s wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, revealed to The New York Times that her husband’s death was due to complications of vascular disease.
News of Bond’s death has resulted a tremendous outpouring of support from across the world for the longtime NAACP chair, according to his brother, James Bond.
“I’m very sad and it’s overwhelming. And it was so sudden,” James Bond told the Journal-Constitution, adding that Julian Bond did not want an elaborate burial.
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