NAACP chairman emeritus and civil rights icon Julian Bond on Monday implored Mississippians to embrace equality for Mississippi's LGBT citizens.

The 75-year-old Bond made his plea in a Clarion Ledger op-ed.

“The fight for basic civil rights is not a quest for superiority or an unvoiced desire for power,” Bond wrote. “It is, at its root, a battle to raise us all up. We all deserve the right to try and fail, move forward and fall back, and ultimately succeed on our own merits and individual gifts. But for many of us, our ability to dream of a greater and more brilliant future is limited by the color of our skin, the texts of our religious tomes, and the gender of whom we love and who we are.”

“The push for full equality for all Americans has always come with hurdles and setbacks. But we are not dissuaded from our path. LGBT Mississippians and their families yearn for a better day, one that we can work together to create. Let’s begin right now.”

HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill applauded Bond.

“This piece shows why equality is needed in the Magnolia State for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said in a blog post.