Reaction to the death of civil rights activist Julian Bond:

"Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that."

— President Barack Obama

"The City of Atlanta is in mourning today. We have lost one of our heroes."

— Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

"I think his legacy is going to be that he was a lifetime struggler. He started when he was about 17 and he went to 75 and I don't know a single time when he was not involved in some phase of the civil rights movement."

— Former Ambassador Andrew Young

"I don't know if you can possibly measure his imprint. It's extraordinary. It stretches his entire career and life in so many ways."

— Doug Jones, former U.S. attorney in Birmingham

"The arc of service of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond's life extends high and wide over America's social justice landscape... This is a moment of incalculable loss in a trying hour of innumerable civil right challenges."

— NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks

"From his days as a young activist to his years as both an elder statesman and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Julian Bond inspired a generation of civil rights leaders,"

— NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock