On the occasion of the passing of Civil Rights leader and People For the American Way board member Julian Bond, PFAW President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:
“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Julian Bond, one of the most important Civil Rights leaders in our nation’s history and a longtime friend, supporter and board member of People For the American Way.
“I’m profoundly humbled by the impact of Julian’s lifetime of dedication to Civil Rights and social justice. His commitment to the fundamental equality of all people was and will continue to be an inspiration for the entire progressive community. He was never willing to look away when he saw bigotry or discrimination, and he was never afraid to stand up when he thought that his voice could make a difference in creating a nation that was more just, more fair or more free. Julian was someone for whom intersectionality was not a buzzword, but a principle he felt at the core of his being. Throughout his life, he never stopped acting on his broad commitment to human dignity and equality. And even as he fought ceaselessly for social justice, Julian was as good humored and as humble a man as I’ve had the privilege to know.
“Our organization, our movement and our country are richer for the leadership and guidance he provided. He will be deeply missed. I know that I speak for everyone at PFAW when I say that we’re grateful for having known Julian and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement in response to the decision of the NAACP’s official endorsement of marriage equality this week:
“The anti-gay Right has continually tried to turn the LGBT community and the African American community against each other. The NAACP this weekend stood up and told them in no uncertain terms that their cynical wedge strategies won’t work. Many of the NAACP’s board members, including PFAW board member Julian Bond, are already powerful leaders for LGBT equality. I am heartened to see the organization, which has led the way on so many civil rights issues of our time, take this strong stand on equality for all.”