Statement by AAI President Amini Kajunju on the passing of Julian Bond
The Africa-America Institute is deeply saddened by the death of civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, a great friend and supporter of AAI. Throughout his life, he tirelessly fought for freedom and justice for all people worldwide.
Julian Bond shares a special connection to AAI because his father Horace Mann Bond was a co-founder of our organization with Professor William Leo Hansberry, a Howard University professor of African History and a multi-racial collective of educators.
I had the privilege of meeting Julian Bond last year when the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst Libraries’ Department of Special Collections unveiled the digitization of the papers of Dr. Horace Mann Bond. The papers featured rich historical documents and correspondences between leading African American intellectuals and figures in the emerging world of independent Africa. At the event, Julian Bond expressed how proud he was of his father’s visionary leadership and influence in helping to shape an emerging continent.
Julian Bond’s quest for Africa’s liberation extended to his active involvement in advocating for U.S.-Africa policy aimed at ending apartheid and quickening the divestment movement in South Africa.
The world lost a great warrior for justice in Julian Bond. Let us continue the legacy of both Julian Bond and his father, Horace Mann Bond.