MEMPHIS, TN – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following statement paying tribute to former NAACP Chairman and civil rights icon Julian Bond, who passed away this weekend.
“Julian Bond was a hero, an advisor, and a dear friend of mine who always spoke the truth and forged a path for many in the ongoing fight for justice and progress. I was lucky to meet him as a Vanderbilt student and even luckier that he and his wife Pam accepted me as their friend in the 1980s when I was a State Senator. I was fortunate to have him as a friend, and I extend my condolences to Pam and his children. Julian led a phenomenal life and the world is diminished by his passing.”