Clarence B. Jones Bio, Age, Height, Family, Career, Wife, Net Worth
Clarence B. Jones Biography
Clarence B. Jones born on January 8, 1931, is an American former personal counsel, lawyer, draft writer, author, and advisor. He was also a close friend of activist Martin Luther King jr. From 1960 to 1968, he served as a speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King Jr.
Clarence B. Jones Age
Jones was born on January 8, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is 90 years old as off 2021.
Clarence B. Jones Height
There are no details about Jones’s body measurements, height and weight. These details will be updated as soon as they are available.
Clarence B. Jones Family
Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. His parents were domestic workers. However, there is no much information about his parents. Jones grew up in a foster home and attended a boarding school in New England. He later moved to Palmyra, New Jersey together with his family.
Clarence B. Jones Education
Jones finished his high school education in Palmyra High School in New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Columbia University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1953.
After college, he was picked to join the United States Army. He spent about 2 years at Fort Dix. jones refused to take a loyalty oath. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1959 from Boston University School of Law.
Clarence B. Jones Career
Jones began his career practicing law. He graduated with a degree from Boston University School of Law in 1959. He moved to Altadena, California to establish his own law firm. In 1967, Jones joined Carter, Berlind & Weill an American investment banking and brokerage firm.
Jones became the first African-American to be named as a member of the New York Stock Exchange. in 1960, Jones joined the legal team defending Martin Luther King on his tax fraud trial. The judge ruled in Luther’s favor in May 1960. Jones also joined the Sothern Christian Leadership Conference.
Jones later joined Lubell’s firm Lubell as his partner and in 1962, he became the general counsel for the Gandi Society for Human Rights. In 1992, Jones advised Martin to write president John F. Kennedy on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In 1993, Jones accompanied King and other SCLC members including Wyatt Tee Walker, Stanley, Levison, Jack O’Dell to the SCLC training facility in Georgia. Their purpose for the meeting was to plan the Birmingham Campaign. In April the same year in Birmingham, King was arrested for violating an injunction.
While King was in jail, Jones helped deliver a handwritten response to eight Birmingham clergymen who had withdrawn from the protest. Jones helped secure King’s bail money. He also helped King in writing the 1993 speech, I Have a Dream.
In addition, he served as King’s adviser and was part of the “research committee”. He represented King at meetings including the Baldwin-Kennedy meeting. Jones also contributed to King’s address “Beyond Vietnam” at Riverside Church in New York.
From 1971 – 1944, Jones served as the editor and part-owner of the New York Amsterdam News. He was also one of the negotiators during the 1971 prison riots at Attica.
Clarence B. Jones Wife
Jones has been married to his wife Anne Norton for over 60 years. However, there is no further information about his marriage to Norton. There there is also no information about their children.
Clarence B. Jones Net Worth
Jones’s net worth details have not yet been documented. However, these details will be updated as soon as they are available. Jones has had a long career as a personal counsel, speechwriter, and author.