Julian Bond, long-time civil rights activist, died Saturday night at the age of 75. 

According to CNN, Bond passed away after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 

A key figure in the movement, Bond served as one of the co-founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader of the SPLC, and more recently, a chairman of the NAACP. 

Bond left his footprint in education and law as a professor at various universities including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, and an elected representative to the Georgia house, also serving in the Senate for years. 

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“The NAACP mourns the passing of chairman Julian Bond, civil rights titan and our brother,” the civil rights group said in a tweet. “May he rest in eternal peace.”

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, and his five children.