Being an Atlanta native and having worked there as a journalist, I had been given the occasion to meet Mr. Bond and many of the surviving leaders of the civil rights movement. I knew then that I was extremely fortunate and privileged to have met these people and spoken with them - and learned so very much! Their influence and inspiration has had a profound impact on my life and the perspectives that I have developed over the years. I value these people as far more illustrious than any actor or sports star I've had the chance to interview or meet.
Julian Bond represents so much that I hold dear about my home city of Atlanta and the progress it has made through the years. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to have met these people and learned from them because I was there, in that special place and time. I am saddened to see their passing but I know their ideas will live on in all whom have been influenced by them. It is in their spirit that we carry on their struggles today.