This past weekend, our nation lost one of its great defenders of equality and justice with the passing of Julian Bond. A pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Bond never left it. As cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Chairman of the NAACP, a professor, and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Mr. Bond led a career dedicated to advancing justice. But, perhaps more important than his extensive and inspiring resume, was his ability to forge connections between movements for social justice. Alongside his fight for African American civil rights, he advocated for women, marriage equality, DC statehood, and the environment, and was an early and outspoken critic of the Vietnam and Iraq wars. Through his powerful skills of communication, his sharp wit, and willingness to engage with all who approached him, Mr. Bond taught an inclusiveness that sought to break down barriers and expose Americans to what it means to share a common cause and humanity. Mr. Bond recognized a vital truth of our society: “The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.” All those who continue to better our nation through the fight for equality, and raise one another up in the process, carry on his legacy and teachings. To be sure, his teachings impacted our community with significant lessons. He will be sorely missed.