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Lynn Jones Huntley

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
May My Enemies Live Long So That They May Know My Victory.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1946
Birth Location:
Petersberg, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
May My Enemies Live Long So That They May Know My Victory.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1946
Birth Location:
Petersberg
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Biography

Activist attorney Lynn Jones Huntley was born on January 24, 1946, in Petersberg, Virginia, to theologian Lawrence Neale Jones and Mary Ellen Cooley Jones. Huntley began school in Baumholder, Germany, and later attended schools in Oberlin, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Haven Connecticut, and Nashville, Tennessee. Huntley entered college at Fisk University as an early entrant, and later earned her A.B. degree in sociology with honors from Barnard College. Huntley was the first African American female editor of the Columbia Law Review; she graduated cum laude from Columbia Law School with her J.D. degree in 1970.

After law school, Huntley clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1971, Huntley served as staff attorney and participated in the defense of prisoners involved in the Attica Prison uprising. Huntley also helped write the winning brief in Furman v. Georgia, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty to be cruel and unusual punishment within the meaning of the eighth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Huntley later secured executive clemency for noted human and prisoner rights activist Martin Sostre.

From 1973 to 1975, Huntley served as general counsel to the New York State Commission on Human Rights. In l978, Huntley joined the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division where she served as Section Chief and acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General. From 1982 to 1995, Huntley worked at the Ford Foundation as Program Officer, and Deputy and Director of the Rights and Social Justice Program; the Program had a core biennial budget of $44 million which funded efforts related to minority rights and opportunities; legal services for the poor; women’s rights, both domestic and international; minorities and communications; and Black church secular service delivery efforts.

In 1995, Huntley joined the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, to direct the Comparative Human Relations Initiative; a study of race, poverty and inequality in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States. Huntley became the president of the Southern Education Foundation in 2002, the South’s only African American lead and directed public charity, which focused on improving education for low income students, from preschool through higher education.

Huntley serves as a board member of the American Constitution Society, CARE USA, Grantmakers for Education, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary. Huntley is the recipient of the first Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Board of New York, and the Lucy Terry Prince Award of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, among other honors. Huntley co-edited with Charles V. Hamilton and others Beyond Racism: Embracing an Interdependent Future in 2000, and Beyond Racism: Race and Equality in Brazil, South Africa and the United States in 2001.

Lynn Jones Huntley passed away on August 30, 2015, at the age of 69.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her mother's family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her mother's family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's ministry education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her father's mentees and denomination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes how she resembles her parents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes how she resembles her parents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her brother, Rodney Bruce Jones
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley recalls cleaning the Fisk University girls' dormitories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her elementary school in Moundsville, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley recalls civil rights activities at Fisk University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley remembers the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her two years at Fisk University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her time at Barnard College in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her time at Columbia Law School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her time at Columbia Law School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her experience in corporate law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes interviewing for federal clerkships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her clerkship with Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes clerking for Constance Baker Motley, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes clerking for Constance Baker Motley, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Sostre v. McGinnis, 1971
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work with NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her involvement in Martin Sostre's clemency campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Martin Sostre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work on death penalty cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes clemency for Wilbert Lee and Freddie Pitts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley talks about the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley shares her stance on the death penalty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her stint at New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the conditions of Georgia State Prison, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the conditions of Georgia State Prison, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the conditions of Georgia State Prison, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley recalls being saved by a death row prisoner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work for the U.S. Department of Justice, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work for the U.S. Department of Justice, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Lynn Jones Huntley's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her transition to the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work at the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work at the Ford Foundation to support black churches
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her work at the Ford Foundation to support minority media projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes supporting civil rights through her work at the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her international activism with the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley recalls her experience in South Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the Comparative Human Relations Initiative, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley talks about her interest in Brazil
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the Comparative Human Relations Initiative, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the Southern Education Foundation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the Southern Education Foundation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Southern Education Foundation's response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Morris Brown College's loss of accreditation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Southern Education Foundation's Miles to Go program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes Southern Education Foundation's preschool initiatives
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes the Education Summers Youth Leadership Initiative
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley remembers Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley talks about sharing her story
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Lynn Jones Huntley reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Lynn Jones Huntley shares her advice for aspiring law professionals
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Lynn Jones Huntley describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Lynn Jones Huntley reflects upon her legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Lynn Jones Huntley reflects upon her legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Lynn Jones Huntley narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Lynn Jones Huntley narrates her photographs, pt. 2