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Visual: The Work of Julian Bond

On August 26, 1971, Julian Bond covered JET Magazine. The headline read: “The Man Blacks Prefer As Candidate for U.S. President.”

The cover story was created after JET ran a poll asking readers to vote for their presidential contender. It was a time where Black people were looking for someone to take them higher. Faith resided in Julian Bond. He led the poll for two weeks straight.

However, due to his age – he was 31 and the running age qualification was 35 – he was unable to be a part of the presidential race. Nonetheless, the work of Mr. Julian Bond has left a lasting impression on the Black community and the battle for civil rights on the grounds of a non-violent approach.

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Strong-willed, determined and a fiery champion for civil rights, Julian Bond will forever be remarked and remembered. In this gallery, JET looks back on his legacy.

Julian Bond attends an event in this undated photo.  (Hal A. Franklin II/ Ebony Collection)

Julian Bond attends an event in this undated photo. (Hal A. Franklin II/ Ebony Collection)

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