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Judge Jones to Speak at Black History Conference in Cincy

One of the oldest, if not the oldest, organizations dedicated to the preservation of black history is having its annual conference in Ohio, and one of Youngstown’s native sons will be a featured speaker.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and others in 1915, will have its 102nd conference in Cincinnati on Sept. 27-Oct 1.


The keynote luncheon speaker Sept. 28 will be Judge Jones, whose topic will be, “Answering the Call.”

The biography of the judge is exceptionally long, but I’ll point out some of the highlights of a remarkable professional and civil-rights activist career that included service in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

The judge, who turned 91 in May, is a graduate of South High School and Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University). He was admitted to the Ohio Bar Association in 1957. In 1960, he was appointed as an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District in Ohio in Cleveland.

In 1967, he served as assistant general counsel to President Lyndon Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. From 1969 to 1979, he served as general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

President Jimmy Carter, in 1979, announced he would appoint the judge to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the judge took his oath of office in October of that year. He retired from the appellate court, based in Cincinnati, in 2002, and joined the Blank Rome law firm in that city, where he served five years as the firm’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.

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"Judge Jones to Speak at Black History Conference in Cincy," by Ernie Brown Jr. was published in The Vindicator on September 2, 2017.