In the late 1960s, civil rights leader Julian Bond was such a compelling figure that he was talked about as one day becoming the first black president of the United States.
Charismatic and eloquent, he had numerous key accomplishments, including co-founding the landmark Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and leading numerous protests.
His public profile shot up in 1968 when he gave a rousing speech in favor of peace candidate Sen. Eugene McCarthy at the Chicago Democratic National Convention. His name was even placed into nomination for vice president.
"That nomination changed my entire life," Bond told The Times in 1987. He became a regular on news...