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Rep. John Lewis on the Passing of Julian Bond

August 17, 2015
Press Release

Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends. He was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country. He never, ever became bitter or hostile. We were friends, but we were more like brothers in the struggle.

We went through a difficult period during our campaign for Congress in 1986, but many years ago we emerged even closer. His leadership and his spirit will be deeply missed.