Julian Bond does not attend Coretta Scott King’s funeral because of anti-gay sentiments of the church

In the wake of Coretta Scott King’s funeral, there has been much speculation about noticable absences from the ceremony including entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte, Myrlie Evers-Williams, activist and wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.

Bond shared with his students at the University of Virginia his reasons for not attending King’s funeral. It seems that Bishop Eddie Long’s regressive theology & politics were too much for Bond to bear.

Bond explains skipping King’s funeral
Leah Nylen
Cavalier Daily Associate Editor (University of Virginia)

Thousands of religious and political leaders, family and friends packed the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. Tuesday for the funeral of famed civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. There was at least one face familiar to the civil rights movement, however, who was not in attendance: Julian Bond, University History professor and national NAACP chairman.

Bond, who has served as NAACP chairman since 1998, was teaching in Charlottesville Tuesday and told the approximately 300 students of his “History of the Civil Rights Movement” class why he chose not to attend King’s funeral that day. According to several students in the class, Bond said he felt King would oppose the views concerning gay rights held by New Birth’s senior pastor, Bishop Eddie Long…

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