Atlantans to gather in honor of Julian Bond

Friends of Julian Bond are expected to gather Saturday at The King Center in Atlanta to honor the late civil rights leader.

Ambassador Andrew Young, who rose to prominence alongside Bond during the Civil Rights Movement, is expected to lead a short, informal service in his honor, according to longtime Atlanta politico Angelo Fuster.

Bond died Aug. 15 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness and complications from vascular disease. The pioneering Georgia legislator and longtime chair of the NAACP was 75 years old.

His family announced earlier this week that Bond will be cremated and his ashes committed to the Gulf of Mexico in a private, family-only service on Saturday afternoon. The family requested that friends and admirers gather at the same time near a body of water and cast flower petals in his memory.

“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,” Fuster wrote.

Fuster said Young will lay a flower arrangement at the King Center reflecting pool at 3 p.m. on Saturday.