“On behalf of The March on Washington Film Festival, I want to extend my condolences to the family of Julian Bond. Our nation has lost a true hero, a brilliant organizer, and a tireless champion of civil rights. At each stage of his life, Mr. Bond acted with boldness and courage; as one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and then the Southern Poverty Law Center, as a Georgia legislator for 20 years, as chairman of the NAACP, and as an advocate for same-sex marriage. He was among the most joyful and engaged participants on the opening night of our film festival this year, at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C. We are saddened at his passing, and we are determined to uphold his legacy and continue his work,” said Robert Raben, founder of The March on Washington Film Festival and president of The Raben Group.