The lone protest came from Rep. James H. “Sloppy” Floyd, who called Bond a “shame and disgrace to his race and this state.” Bond also received $2,000 in back pay for the 1966 legislative session in which he was not allowed to participate.
The slim, soft-spoken young man may have gone unnoticed in the throng of newly elected legislators, some speculated, but the drama leading up to his first day in office guaranteed he’d remain in the spotlight.
From 1967 to 1975, Bond was elected to four terms as a Democratic member in the Georgia House. There he organized the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.
Bond was also the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Besides the four terms as a state rep, he also served six terms in the Georgia Senate, having served a combined 20years in both legislative chambers. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.