Film, Video Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013 April 15.
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- Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013 April 15.
- 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.
- Contributor Names
- Jones, Clarence B., 1931- interviewee.
- Cline, David P., 1969- interviewer.
- Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Jones, Clarence B.,--1931---Interviews
- - King, Martin Luther,--Jr.,--1929-1968
- - Robeson, Paul,--1898-1976
- - March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom--(1963 :--Washington, D.C.)
- - African American civil rights workers--Interviews
- - African American lawyers--Interviews
- - African American veterans--Interviews
- - Civil rights movements--United States
- - Discrimination in the military--United States
- - Korean War, 1950-1953--Participation, African American
- Filmed Interviews
- Oral histories
- Video recordings
- - Recorded in Palo Alto, California on April 15, 2013.
- - Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- - Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
- - Dr. Clarence B. Jones attended Columbia University and Boston University school of Law. He was a former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer, and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also worked as an entertainment lawyer and investment banker.
- - The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
- - In English.
- - Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
- 12 video files of 12 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (163 min.) : digital, sound, color.
- 1 transcript (62 pages).
- Source Collection
- Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0084
- Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
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- African American Civil Rights Workers
- African American Lawyers
- African American Veterans
- Civil Rights Movements
- Discrimination in the Military
- Filmed Interviews
- Jones, Clarence
- King, Martin Luther
- Korean War
- March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- Oral Histories
- Participation, African American
- Robeson, Paul
- United States
- Video Recordings
- Washington, D.C.)
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Chicago citation style:
Jones, Clarence B., Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California. 2013. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669183/.
APA citation style:
Jones, C. B., Cline, D. P. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669183/.
MLA citation style:
Jones, Clarence B., Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California. 2013. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669183/>.
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