Julian Bond, a ‘true civil rights trailblazer,’ dies at 75

In 1974, when Calvin Smyre first won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, Julian Bond was among the very first people to congratulate him. Bond, one of the first African American lawmakers elected in Georgia nine years earlier, took the young black Democrat from Columbus, Georgia, under his wing—showing him the ins and outs of the Gold Dome, stressing the importance of personal relationships in a partisan building, and underscoring the need to study the political process. The...

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