In a distinguished and heralded career, Dr. Clarence B. Jones served as political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the ‘first African American’ partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, and has been twice recognized as Fortune Magazine’s ‘Business Man of the Month’. Dr. Jones assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963, and has dramatically influenced the course of American history through his work in the civil rights movement. Dr. Jones is currently the First Diversity Visiting Scholar at University of San Francisco and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. He has taught his course ‘From Slavery to Obama‘ at Stanford University and USF and an online version of the course will be available in fall 2015.
Dr. Jones has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society, served on prestigious boards including the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY, and been a featured speaker at countless events in the U.S. and abroad. He is co-author of ‘What Would Martin Say?’ (2008), ‘Behind The Dream -The Making of the Speech That Transformed A Nation’ (2011), E-book, Uprising: Understanding Attica, Revolution and the Incarceration State, and is currently in the process of completing his autobiography. As the only child of domestic household workers, Dr. Jones is proud to help advance the issue of human rights and justice for India’s domestic workers.