Film, Video Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013-04-15.

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Title
Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013-04-15.
Summary
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
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Cline, David P., 1969- (Interviewer)
Jones, Clarence B. (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Palo Alto, California, April 15, 2013
Subject Headings
-  African American lawyers--Interviews
-  African American veterans--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  African American civil rights workers--Interviews
-  March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.)
-  Korean War, 1950-1953--Participation, African American
-  King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- California -- Palo Alto
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: 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.
-  Biographical History: 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, Jr. He also worked as an entertainment lawyer and investment banker.
-  Acquisition Note: 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.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
12 video files of 12 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (163 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (62 pages)
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Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
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Description
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.

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Civil Rights History Project, U.S, David P Cline, and Clarence B Jones. Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013-04-15. Palo Alto, California, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0084/. (Accessed March 24, 2017.)

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Civil Rights History Project, U. S., Cline, D. P. & Jones, C. B. (2013) Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013-04-15. Palo Alto, California. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0084/.

MLA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, David P Cline, and Clarence B Jones. Clarence B. Jones oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Palo Alto, California, 2013-04-15. Palo Alto, California, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0084/>.