Clarence B. Jones, Ph.D. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Jones, Clarence B. Ph.D., American, born 1931
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, American, founded 1963
Columbia University, American, founded 1754
Norton, Anne Aston Warder, American
Boston University School of Law, American, founded 1872
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:43:08
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
New York, United States, North and Central America
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
California, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 15, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of twelve digital files: 2011.174.84.1a, 2011.174.84.1b, 2011.174.84.1c, 2011.174.84.1d, 2011.174.84.1e, 2011.174.84.1f, 2011.174.84.1g, 2011.174.84.1h, 2011.174.84.1i, 2011.174.84.1j, and 2011.174.84.1k, 2011.174.84.1l.
Dr. Clarence B. Jones shares memories from his work as a legal advisor and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, he describes his significant contributions to the "I Have a Dream" speech, which King delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. Jones also describes his early life living in a Philadelphia home for indigent black orphans and foster children, because his parents, who were both domestic workers, could not afford to provide for him. Jones talks about his education at Columbia University, his training as a classical clarinetist, and some of his early encounters with leftist politics while in New York. Jones discusses the death of his mother and the profound effect it had on him. He describes his time spent in the military during the Korean War. Other topics discussed in the interview include Jones's marriage to Anne Norton, his studies at Boston University Law School, and his move to California to become an entertainment lawyer.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0084
Topic
African American
Children
Civil rights
Education
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Korean War, 1950-1953
Law
Military
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.84.1a-l
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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