Jones Joins List of NAACP Royalty, Receives Spingarn Medal
Nathaniel Jones' magical year continued Wednesday night.
The former federal judge and lifelong civil rights advocate received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's greatest honor.
Anthony Foxx, U.S secretary of transportation, presented Jones with the medal at the NAACP's Freedom Fund Dinner.
"At every point when his country needed him, Nathaniel Jones answered the call," said Foxx, a former law clerk for Jones.
"Perhaps his greatest legacy is mentoring dozens of law clerks. He proudly refers to us as his flock.
"Because he answered the call we can answer the call."
Jones read from prepared remarks.
"I am reminded how my life's work has been shaped by the mission of this organization," he said. "Being a lawyer was my calling, and that calling is the work for equal opportunity and justice for all our nation's citizens."
This year, Jones celebrated his 90th birthday, received the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's highest award and published his memoir.
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“Jones Joins List of NAACP Royalty, Receives Spingarn Medal,” by Mark Curnutte was published in Cincinnati.com on July 21, 2016.
About Judge Jones
Judge Jones has been with Blank Rome since 2002 and previously served as the Firm’s first Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion.
2016 has been a banner year for Judge Jones. In May, he became the 12th recipient of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's International Freedom Conductor Award, which recognizes people who "exemplify the values of freedom and human rights worldwide.” The event was formally held in honor of Judge Jones’ 90th birthday on May 13. Further, Judge Jones’ memoir, Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America, was also released earlier this year.
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