- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bench memorializing the life of civil rights icon Julian Bond has been placed outside a community center.

The Washington Post reports D.C. officials, former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and friends and family gathered outside the Chevy Chase Community Center for a dedication ceremony Monday.

A plaque on the bench reads “In Memory of Julian Bond, 1940-2015, ‘Race Man,’ a Life Dedicated to Civil Rights.”

Bond’s widow, Pamela Horowitz, says Bond always talked about wanting a bench. She hopes people go there to reflect on how to make the world a better place.

The dedication comes after D.C. Transportation Director Leif A. Dormsjo said in an email in May that he had second thoughts on the bench.

Bond served as chairman of the NAACP and as in the Georgia legislature for 20 years.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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