On Aug 3, 2011, W.E. A.L.L. B.E. had the privilege of interviewing one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most trusted advisers and confidantes, Bro. Clarence B. Jones...Bro. Clarence B. Jones helped write the famous 'I Have A Dream Speech,' arguably the greatest public speech of the 20th Century and was also the lawyer who smuggled MLK's famous 'Letter From A Birmingham Jail' out of prison and into the hands of the national press... Bro. Clarence poignantly shares with us his intimate dealings with MLK, his insights on being a part of one of the greatest social movements of all time and his thoughts on what would MLK think of the U.S.A. today...He also shares with us MLK's relationship with Malcolm X, his thoughts on Pres. Barack Obama along with other other very notable and interesting things...Please feel free to check out the interview yourself and share with your respective networks...
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "What Would Martin Say? Interview with MLK's Speechwriter & Lawyer Clarence B. Jones."
About Bro. Clarence B. Jones
Clarence B. Jones is currently a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, and Palo Alto, CA.
In a distinguished and heralded career, Jones has served as political advisor, counsel, and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; joined Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. as an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm; been twice recognized as Fortune’s Business Man of the Month; and founded successful financial, corporate, and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world including those in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia.
Dr. Jones has received numerous awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. Through his work in the civil rights movement, he dramatically impacted the course of American history. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, AL. The Supreme Court ruling in this case – Sullivan vs. The New York Times – resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of
Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations. He assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated I Have a Dream speech that he delivered at the March on Washington, August 28th,
1963. In September 1971, Dr. Jones again found himself at the center of history in the making when, at the request of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, he helped negotiate an end to the historic Attica prison inmate rebellion.
Dr. Jones has been the subject of numerous television and radio interview programs, appearing through such notable media vehicles as CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, NY1’s One-on-One with Budd Mishkin, NPR, BBC UK (radio and TV), CBS, Canadian Broadcasting, The Charlie Rose Show, and Syrius XM’s The Bob Edwards Show. He has been featured in articles in The
Washington Post, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Time, Ebony, and Jet, and in several publications in Canada, the UK, France, Ukraine, and Ireland. He appeared in The March, a documentary on the March on Washington, jointly produced by Robert Redford Productions/BBC/Smoking Dogs/PBS. He was recently filmed for a program on the Letter from the Birmingham Jail for Al Jazeera America.
A much requested speaker, Dr. Jones has addressed corporate audiences at Citigroup, the US headquarters of British Petroleum, GE, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, The Limited, and Google headquarters, as well as law firms including Sullivan &Cromwell and Andrews Kurth, Texas.
Dr. Jones has been recognized for his illustrious career with honors awarded by a wide variety of distinguished organizations. He has served on the prestigious boards of The Impact Repertory Theater & Dance Co., The Theatre Development Fund NYC, and the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College, a juris doctor degree from Boston University’s School of Law, and a certificate from The New York Institute of Finance and the NASD for his allied membership in the NYSE. Additionally, he has an honorary doctorate in communications from Allegheny College, and honorary doctorates of humane letters from Drew University, Lincoln University, and the University of San Francisco.
Dr. Jones is the co-author of What Would Martin Say? and Behind the Dream—The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation. He also co-authored an e-book, Uprising: Understanding Attica, Revolution and the Incarceration State. Dr. Jones posts a regular column in the Huffington Post and is currently at work on his autobiography, A Pencil and A Dollar Bill- Memoirs From An African-American Journey From the Depression to The Election of Barack Obama as President of
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