NAACP Mourns Loss Of Julia Washington Bond

Librarian, author/editor, world traveler & mother of national chairman

The entire NAACP extends sincerest sympathy to the family of National NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on the death of his mother Julia Agnes Washington Bond. Mrs. Bond passed in her sleep last Thursday (Nov. 1) in Atlanta. She was 99.

Julia Agnes Washington Bond was born June 20, 1908 in Nashville, Tenn. Her mother, Daisy Agnes Turner Washington, worked as a teacher and her father, George Elihu Washington, served as the principal of Pearl High School. She graduated Pearl High School at age 16 in 1924 and like her parents attended Fisk University, graduating with a degree in English in 1929. It was at Fisk that she met Horace Mann Bond, a young instructor and one of the few African American teachers at the university in those days. Soon, they were courting. They both attended graduate school at the University of Chicago where they were wed.

By 1934 the young couple was living in Washington Parish in rural southeastern Louisiana. Horace Bond was there conducting a study of rural black schools. He kept a journal detailing the lives of the poor black farm families they lived among. [The journal was published in 1997 as The Star Creek Papers with Horace and Julia Bond listed as authors.]

In 1938, Mrs. Bond posed for an iconic painting by Harlem Renaissance legend Aaron Douglas. In 1956, Mrs. Bond traveled with her husband, then president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, to Europe and Africa on behalf of the university and attended the inauguration of Osageyfo Kwame Nkrumah as Ghana's first president in 1957.

Thereafter the Bonds moved to Atlanta where Dr. Bond became dean of the School of Education at Atlanta University (which would later become Clark Atlanta University). As the wife of a noted college president, Mrs. Bond entertained the likes of Langston Hughes, W.C. Handy and others in their Atlanta home. She would return to school during that time receiving a degree in library science from Atlanta University at the age of 56. She worked for seven years at Atlanta University‘s Trevor Arnett Library and retired as a part-time reference librarian at the university’s Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2000 at the age of 92.

She also wrote and edited several publications including: A Joint editor of Contemprary Social Science and indices for “My Sould is Rested” by Howell Raenis, “Wonderful World of Ethiopians” by Drusilla D. Houston and “An Oral History” by Ophelia Settle.

Mrs. Bond is survived by one sister, Joe Jones of Cleveland; two sons, Julian and James; a daughter, Jane Bond Moore of California; eight grandchildren and eight great granchildren. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Carl M. Williams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Fisk University Office of Institutional Advancement, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 and the NAACP National Office at 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Balto., MD 21215.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.  Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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