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The Julian Bond I can remember

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 11:45 AM


I regret the passing of Julian Bond, a man who has always loved the dispossessed. With him in the Black Power movement, many social changes took place for the black man but never reached fruition.

When I first heard of Julian Bond, I was a teenager in the 1970s. I heard about him by my best friend, Calvin Williams of Lucea, who passed away in 1983.

The man and his message were the dominant features among militant young men of such an era. The civil-rights movement was in full swing and we, as Jamaicans, were proud that we were enjoying what the Americans failed to enjoy. Until today, we can still cherish and celebrate what we consider living a much freer life than in America.

It was in that same period I first heard of Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Stokeley Carmichael and others in their various roles in the civil-rights movement.

Mr Bond holds a very special place in my heart for his selfless services to the downtrodden and people of black stock, who were held captive in the streets of America.

Julian taught the American blacks about ideals of Marcus Garvey, who felt they were being victimised by the system. He told them they should not stoop to a subservient lifestyle but should enjoy the facilities as any white man in their country.

Mr Bond was an advocate for equity and harmony among people. He knew what life was really worth and trusted in the integrity of all men to do the right thing to allow peace to reign on earth.

Julian lived an exemplary life and will be remembered for years.


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