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The Making of The Dream / Interview with Clarence B. Jones
The Making of The Dream / Interview with Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: U.S. Mission Geneva
Civil Rights History Project: Clarence B. Jones
Civil Rights History Project: Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: LibraryOfCongress
TAVIS SMILEY | Clarence B. Jones | PBS
TAVIS SMILEY | Clarence B. Jones | PBS
Published: 2010/12/09
Channel: PBS
Clarence B. Jones "You
Clarence B. Jones "You've Been Given an Unexpected Gift.
Published: 2017/11/22
Channel: Stephon Ferguson
Conversations with Great Minds with Professor Clarence B. Jones, Pt 1
Conversations with Great Minds with Professor Clarence B. Jones, Pt 1
Published: 2011/01/10
Channel: The Big Picture RT
Clarence Benjamin Jones
Clarence Benjamin Jones
Published: 2012/05/17
Channel: aadcsfGETACTIVE
Clearance Jones
Clearance Jones
Published: 2009/01/21
Channel: CONCISEMAG
Clarence B Jones: Return to Palmyra High School
Clarence B Jones: Return to Palmyra High School
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Dr. Clarence B. Jone Institute for Social Advocacy
How Martin Luther King Went Off Script in
How Martin Luther King Went Off Script in 'I Have a Dream'
Published: 2013/08/24
Channel: Wall Street Journal
Clarence Jones on the influence of the audience
Clarence Jones on the influence of the audience
Published: 2013/09/23
Channel: Witnify
Clarence Jones
Clarence Jones
Published: 2010/12/14
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
Clarence Jones on the majesty of MLK
Clarence Jones on the majesty of MLK
Published: 2013/08/27
Channel: Witnify
Clarence B. Jones sings in honor of MLK
Clarence B. Jones sings in honor of MLK
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: The Aspen Institute
Honoring Martin Luther King
Honoring Martin Luther King's Dream in the 21st Century - Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: APB Speakers
#ComNet15: Clarence B. Jones (parte 1)
#ComNet15: Clarence B. Jones (parte 1)
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: GIFE
Clarence Jones on Mahalia Jackson
Clarence Jones on Mahalia Jackson's influential advice for MLK
Published: 2013/08/27
Channel: Witnify
Global Perspectives: Clarence B. Jones
Global Perspectives: Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: WUCF TV
A Salute to Clarence B Jones
A Salute to Clarence B Jones
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: rebecca matthews
TAVIS SMILEY | Guest: Clarence B. Jones | PBS
TAVIS SMILEY | Guest: Clarence B. Jones | PBS
Published: 2008/04/03
Channel: PBS
Dr. Clarence Jones, friend and advisor to MLK, on Dr. King
Dr. Clarence Jones, friend and advisor to MLK, on Dr. King's death
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: Witnify
Clarence B. Jones (Martin Luther King Jr.
Clarence B. Jones (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Lawyer) Gives a Speech at DillaDay - Detroit
Published: 2012/02/12
Channel: TheSOSEG
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L'Chayim: Clarence Jones
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: JBS
"What Would Martin Say?" Clarence B. Jones INterview (MLK
"What Would Martin Say?" Clarence B. Jones INterview (MLK's Lawyer & Speechwriter) (8/3/2011)
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: WeAllBeTV2
Clarence B Jones on Martin Luther King Jr.
Clarence B Jones on Martin Luther King Jr.
Published: 2015/01/19
Channel: Wolf Price
Clarence B. Jones, Ph.D.- Sages and Scientists 2013
Clarence B. Jones, Ph.D.- Sages and Scientists 2013
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: TheChopraFoundation
UVU: Dr. Clarence B. Jones - "The Dream Turns 50"
UVU: Dr. Clarence B. Jones - "The Dream Turns 50"
Published: 2013/01/24
Channel: UtahValleyUniversity
Clarence B. Jones on What Dr. Martin Luther King Would Say About The Government Shutdown
Clarence B. Jones on What Dr. Martin Luther King Would Say About The Government Shutdown
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: 92nd Street Y
Dr. Clarence Jones: After The Civil Rights Movement: The Legacy of Dr. King-Today and Beyond
Dr. Clarence Jones: After The Civil Rights Movement: The Legacy of Dr. King-Today and Beyond
Published: 2015/06/22
Channel: UC Santa Cruz
Clarence B. Jones: Interview 4 of the Journeys Project
Clarence B. Jones: Interview 4 of the Journeys Project
Published: 2009/08/10
Channel: brizkel
Conversations with Great Minds with Professor Clarence B. Jones, Pt 2
Conversations with Great Minds with Professor Clarence B. Jones, Pt 2
Published: 2011/01/10
Channel: The Big Picture RT
The story behind Martin Luther King
The story behind Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech from Clarence Jones
Published: 2011/01/05
Channel: Palgrave Macmillan
Street Soldiers Chats with Clarence Jones
Street Soldiers Chats with Clarence Jones
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: streetsoldiersradio
Clarence Jones: "I Have a Dream" as a declaratory sermon
Clarence Jones: "I Have a Dream" as a declaratory sermon
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: Witnify
Clarence B. Jones-  "Long Live Harvey Milk"
Clarence B. Jones- "Long Live Harvey Milk"
Published: 2011/05/20
Channel: Linda Post
Broken Walls: Minister Clarence Jones
Broken Walls: Minister Clarence Jones
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Maranatha Christian Fellowship
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: Nina Brown
Clarence B. Jones: Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of MLK
Clarence B. Jones: Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Published: 2015/01/05
Channel: APB Speakers
Dr. Clarence B. Jones is Honored at USF [news]
Dr. Clarence B. Jones is Honored at USF [news]
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: University of San Francisco
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : Clarence B Jones Lecture UC Davis School of Law
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : Clarence B Jones Lecture UC Davis School of Law
Published: 2013/02/05
Channel: Christopher Brignola
Clarence B. Jones (Martin Luther King Jr.
Clarence B. Jones (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Lawyer) Gives a Speech at DillaDay - Detroit
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: Bouncing"b"Bubble
Palmyra School District Wishing Dr. Clarence B. Jones a Happy 87th Birthday
Palmyra School District Wishing Dr. Clarence B. Jones a Happy 87th Birthday
Published: 2018/01/18
Channel: Dr. Clarence B. Jone Institute for Social Advocacy
Dreaming On, Marching On - Clarence B. Jones
Dreaming On, Marching On - Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2015/01/13
Channel: APB Speakers
DCN Presents: A Conversation w/ Dr. Clarence B. Jones
DCN Presents: A Conversation w/ Dr. Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: OCTDC
Dr. Clarence B. Jones on
Dr. Clarence B. Jones on 'Winter Time Soldiers"
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: Andrea Kalin
J. DILLA DAY SPEECH by CLARENCE B. JONES
J. DILLA DAY SPEECH by CLARENCE B. JONES
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: Bad Perm
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: Nina Brown
Clarence Jones talks exclusively to OBV
Clarence Jones talks exclusively to OBV
Published: 2011/03/10
Channel: OperationBlackVote
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Frank Ski & Wanda interview Dr. Clarence B. Jones on V103
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: Nina Brown
Clarence Jones - Cape Chronicle Feb 2014
Clarence Jones - Cape Chronicle Feb 2014
Published: 2014/02/03
Channel: Cape City
PREVIEW: Global Perspectives with Clarence B. Jones
PREVIEW: Global Perspectives with Clarence B. Jones
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: WUCF TV
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Clarence B. Jones (2013)

Clarence Benjamin Jones (born January 8, 1931) is the former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. He is a Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University. He is the author of What Would Martin Say? (HarperCollins, 2008) and "Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation" (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011)

In 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter recommending his lawyer and advisor, Clarence B. Jones, to the New York State Bar, stating: “Ever since I have known Mr. Jones, I have always seen him as a man of sound judgment, deep insights, and great dedication. I am also convinced that he is a man of great integrity”.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born January 8, 1931 to parents who were domestic workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in a foster home and a boarding school in New England. He moved with his family to Palmyra, New Jersey and graduated from Palmyra High School.[2][3] The Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for Social Advocacy was dedicated in his honor in June 2017 at Palmyra High School.[4]

He earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University. Following his graduation he was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 and spent nearly two years at Fort Dix when he declined to sign a loyalty oath.[2]

Legal and financial career[edit]

In 1956, he began attending Boston University School of Law, obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1959. He and his wife Anne moved to Altadena, California, where Jones established a practice in entertainment law.

In 1967, at age 36, Jones joined the investment banking and brokerage firm of Carter, Berlind & Weill where he worked alongside future Citigroup Chairman and CEO, Sanford I. Weill and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Arthur Levitt. Jones was the first African-American to be named an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange.[5]

Martin Luther King Jr.[edit]

Jones joined the team of lawyers defending King in the midst of King’s 1960 tax fraud trial; the case was resolved in King’s favor in May 1960. Jones and his family relocated to New York to be close to the Harlem office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and he joined the firm of Lubell, Lubell, and Jones as a partner. In 1962, Jones became general counsel for the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, SCLC’s fundraising arm.

Later 1962, Jones would advise King to write President John F. Kennedy on the Cuban Missile Crisis. He urged King to make a statement because “your status as a leader requires that you not be silent about an event and issues so decisive to the world” (Jones, 1 November 1962).

Jones accompanied King, Wyatt Tee Walker, Stanley Levison, Jack O’Dell, and others to the SCLC training facility in Dorchester, Georgia, for an early January 1963 strategy meeting to plan the Birmingham Campaign. Following King’s 12 April arrest in Birmingham for violating a related injunction against demonstrations, Jones secretly took from jail King’s hand-written response to eight Birmingham clergymen who had denounced the protests in the newspaper. It was typed and circulated among the Birmingham clergy and later printed and distributed nationally as “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. Jones helped secure bail money for King and the other jailed protesters by flying to New York to meet with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who gave Jones the bail funds directly from his family’s vault at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Jones continued to function as King’s lawyer and advisor through the remainder of his life, assisting him in drafting the first portion of the 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech[1] at Jones' house in Riverdale, Bronx,[6] and preserving King's copyright of the momentous address; acting as part of the successful defense team for the SCLC in New York Times v. Sullivan; serving as part of King’s inner circle of advisers, called the "research committee"; representing King at meetings (for example the Baldwin-Kennedy meeting); and contributing with Vincent Harding and Andrew Young to King's "Beyond Vietnam" address at New York’s Riverside Church on 4 April 1967.

After Martin Luther King[edit]

After King's death, Jones served as one of the negotiators during the 1971 prison riot at Attica, and was editor and part owner of the New York Amsterdam News from 1971 to 1974. In summing up his sentiments on King’s life, Jones remarked in a 2007 interview: "Except for Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, Martin Luther King, Jr., in 12 years and 4 months from 1956 to 1968, did more to achieve justice in America than any other event or person in the previous 400 years" (Jones, 18 May 2007).[1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jones, Clarence Benjamin (1931- )". Martin Luther King Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle (Stanford University). Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Thomas. A. "Man in the News", The New York Times, April 29, 1971. Accessed December 9, 2017. "When Mr. Jones was a boy the family moved to Palmyra, N. J., and he went to Palmyra High School."
  3. ^ "Clarence B. Jones born | African American Registry". www.aaregistry.org. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  4. ^ Invitation to Dedication of the Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for Social Advocacy, Palmyra High School. Accessed December 9, 2017. "Clarence Benjamin Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 8, 1931 and attended Palmyra High School in New Jersey from 1945 to 1949."
  5. ^ "Negro Named to High Position in Financial Firm. Jet Magazine, Jul 13, 1967
  6. ^ "On Martin Luther King Day, remembering the first draft of 'I Have a Dream'". The Washington Post. 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  7. ^ Clinton v. Obama: Lest We Forget

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