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Julian Bond honored at Fort Valley State University

The late civil rights leader Julian Bond was honored today at Fort Valley State University.

Bond, who died last week at the age of 75, was the son of the university's first president, Horace Bond.

The ceremony was held at the historic quadrangle near Founders Hall. Many students and faculty members place flower petals in the fountain to honor the man who dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights.

Walter Milton is a lecturer at FVSU and worked for Horace Bond as a graduate student. Milton remembers when Julian was not allowed to be seated in the state legislature because of comments he made about the Vietnam War.

"He admired the courage of those who burned their draft cards, there was a lot of things going on in the 60's," Milton says. "He had made that so he was not allowed to be seated, but that case was taken all the way to the supreme court, and eventually he was seated."

Bond served a combined 20 years in both houses of Georgia's legislature.


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