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The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Association General Counsel
Federal Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
A Person Must Be A Beacon Of Light That Will Illuminate Dark Places.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1926
Birth Location:
Youngstown, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Association General Counsel
Federal Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
A Person Must Be A Beacon Of Light That Will Illuminate Dark Places.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1926
Birth Location:
Youngstown
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Biography

Retired United States Circuit Court Judge and General Counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Nathaniel R. Jones was born on May 13, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio. The son of Virginians, Lillian Brown Jones and Nathaniel Bacon Jones, he attended Westside School and Grant Junior High School. Black publisher J. Maynard Dickerson, owner of the activist Buckeye Review, mentored Jones, who wrote for the column, “Sports Shorts,” before graduating from South High School. Drafted in 1945, Jones served in the United States Army Air Corps in Dayton, where Dickerson introduced him to NAACP activists Mylie Williamson, James H. McGhee and F. Leon Higginbotham. After his discharge in 1947, he was introduced to Walter White, NAACP executive secretary. Jones earned an A.B. degree from Youngstown State University in 1951 and an LL.B. degree from Youngstown State University Law School in 1956.

Admitted to the bar in 1957, Jones, after four years of private practice, served as executive director of the Fair Employment Practices Commission and in 1960 was appointed by Attorney General Robert Kennedy as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland. In 1967, Jones was appointed Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission). Briefly returning to private practice, Jones was asked by NAACP executive director, Roy Wilkins, to serve as NAACP general counsel in 1969. For the next ten years, he argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court and led national efforts to end school segregation and to defend affirmative action. Jones investigated discrimination in the armed forces and successfully coordinated the NAACP’s First Amendment defense in the Mississippi Boycott Case. Jones was nominated by President Carter to the United States Court of Appeals in 1979 to which he became Senior Judge. He retired from the bench in 2002.

Currently a senior partner with Blank and Rome LLP, Jones has published widely and built a distinguished community record. He taught law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, North Carolina Central University College of Law and Harvard University Law School. In 1993, Jones served as part of a team of observers for the first democratic elections in South Africa. Recipient of scores of awards, Jones is married to the former Lillian Hawthorne and has four grown children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his father's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recounts how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls his parents' work during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his parents' move to Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones talks about the history of Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls Youngstown's Third Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones remembers his experiences at West Side School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls racial tensions in primary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls working at the Buckeye Review, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls black newspapers' influence on his writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls working at the Buckeye Review, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his sports network in Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his courses at South High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones recalls his time in the service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes his NAACP involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones describes Youngstown State University