Relatives of civil rights leader Julian Bond say they're honoring his wishes to be cremated and his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico.

Family members say a burial at sea will occur at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday in the Gulf in a private ceremony.

Bond died last Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was 75. His wife, Pamela Horowitz, said her husband had circulatory problems.

Horowitz and other relatives say they're inviting people to gather at a body of water near their homes and spread flower petals on the water at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday.

Horowitz said the family will also announce plans for a public memorial celebration soon.

Bond spent most of his life struggling for civil rights, from organizing student groups to serving in several political and leadership positions.