Burial at sea planned for civil rights leader Julian Bond

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Civil Rights Champion Julian Bond Dies at Age 75


ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

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GOLETA, CA - DECEMBER 06: Julian Bond attends the 'Selma' and the Legends Who Paved the Way gala at Bacara Resort on December 6, 2014 in Goleta, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Pamela Horowitz and Julian Bond attend '5 to 7' premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 9: Julian Bond gives a reading prior to a speech by former President Bill Clinton on the second day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit is marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation, with U.S. President Barack Obama making the keynote speech on April 10. At right is Luci Baines Jonson, daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson. (Photo by Deborah Cannon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Julian Bond speaks at The 2013 Peace Ball: Voices of Hope And Resistance at Arena Stage on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 18: Julian Bond presents the Beacon of Life award to John Lewis at the 2012 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon presented by Belk during the Delta Civil Rights Game weekend hosted by the Atlanta Braves on August 18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Pouya Dianat/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 9: Julian Bond, former Chairman, NAACP (L) looks on as U.S. Rep. John Lewis (R) makes a point during the panel, Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line, on the second day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit is marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation, with U.S. President Barack Obama making the keynote speech on April 10. (Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jesse Jackson and Julian Bond attend the 2012 Bond Gala at The Plaza Hotel on May 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Julian Bond and Aretha Franklin pose backstage at the hit musical 'Porgy and Bess' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Julian Bond, Civil Rights activist, now a professor at American University is photographed in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2011. Says Bond, 'My greatest memory of the march isn't Dr. King's speech. I'd heard him speak many times before. It was giving a Coke to Sammy Davis Jr. and him saying, Thanks kid.'
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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.

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