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OEA mourns loss of a civil rights hero and friend of Eritrea

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2015

OEA mourns loss of a civil rights hero and friend of Eritrea

It is with great sadness that the Organization of Eritrean-Americans mourns the death of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond who was a friend of Eritrea and the Eritrean people. Mr. Bond passed away at the age of 75 years.

Mr. Julian Bond, a well-known activist in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and later chairman of the NAACP, was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights for African Americans and other oppressed groups in the society.

Many of us remember him from the time when he helped mobilize the Eritrean-American community to join the NAACP by organizing a seminar to register members of our community to vote so that as American citizens Eritreans could take their battle to the ballot box here in the United States. We also remember him from the time when he, in 1999, introduced the Eritrean President at a press conference that was broadcast live on C-Span shedding some light on the then ongoing border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

With Julian Bond’s passing, the world has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice in the USA and beyond. He advocated for justice for African Americans and for many other groups at home and abroad. He stood his ground through sheer determination and intellect.

The Organization of Eritrean Americans would like to remember Mr. Julian Bond as a friend of our community. We mourn his loss and wish to pass our deepest condolences to his wife and his five children.

The organization would also like to continue his legacy by working diligently to help repair the relationship between the United States and Eritrea and by helping expose and bring closure to the injustice that has been perpetuated against the Eritrean people the last seven decades.

Rest in Peace.

The Organization of Eritrean Americans