An Atlanta ceremony to honor Julian Bond

Civil rights activist and former Georgia state senator Julian Bond gives the keynote during the 19th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Civil rights activist and former Georgia state senator Julian Bond gives the keynote during the 19th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Angelo Fuster, who acted as Julian Bond's spokesman during his 1986 campaign for Congress, has sent us the following note, in reference to Atlanta efforts to reflect a private Saturday ceremony in which the ashes of the former head of the NAACP will be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico:

This gathering of Julian's friends and admirers is in response to his family's invitation to meet at "a body of water…precisely at 3:00pm" to participate symbolically in their sharing of Julian 's ashes with the sea....

For us, there is no "body of water" in the world that holds the symbolic power of the water surrounding Dr. and Mrs. King's crypts at the King Center. That is why we chose to gather there.

There will not be a formal program. Ambassador Andrew Young will be there and will deposit a floral arrangement in the reflecting pool at 3:00pm on behalf of all who meet there to honor Julian. The King Center has asked us not to put any flowers directly in the water and we will honor that request. We ask the same of everyone in attendance.

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