Fort Valley to hold Saturday memorial service for Julian Bond

Fort Valley State University will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Julian Bond on Saturday on the school’s quadrangle.

Bond died Aug. 15, at age 75, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a short illness and complications from vascular disease.

The longtime leader of the NAACP was the son of Fort Valley State’s first president, Horace Mann Bond.

During the event, set to begin at 2:45 p.m., the university will honor the wishes of the Bond family by holding a flower petal ceremony at the quadrangle’s fountain.

Bond is slated to be cremated and his ashes committed to the Gulf of Mexico in a private service on Saturday afternoon. The family has asked friends to gather Saturday afternoon near a body of water and cast flower petals in Bond’s memory.

A separate event honoring Bond is also set for Saturday in Atlanta at The King Center. Ambassador Andrew Young is expected to lead a short, informal service there.