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This coming Wednesday evening, February 29th, New York Civic is proud to join DL21C as co-sponsor of a remarkable discussion with Clarence B. Jones, co-writer of the "I Have a Dream" speech with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mr. Jones, a former personal counsel, adviser, draft speech writer and close friend of Dr. King's, will be discussing his book Behind the Dream: The Making of The Speech that Transformed A Nation and his work organizing the 1963 March on Washington. Mr. Jones will be interviewed onstage by a guest moderator, and then answer questions from the audience.
Books will be available for purchase and signing on-site.
We hope that you will join DL21C and New York Civic for an incredible evening of living history. Admission is only $5 (free for DL21C members). Space is limited for this event, so RSVP now!
The event will take place at the Theresa Lang Student and Community Center of The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor.
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About Clarence B. Jones
Clarence B. Jones is the former personal counsel, adviser, draft speech writer and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He played a critical role, both as witness and participant, in many of the significant events of the Civil Rights movement, including personally smuggling the notes from Dr. King's jail cell in Birmingham, which would become the "Letter from Birmingham Jail". He collaborated with Dr. King on the "I Have a Dream" speech, as well as his statement on the occasion of John F. Kennedy's assassination. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Jones was editor and part-owner of the Amsterdam News. In 1971 he served as one of the negotiators during the Attica prison uprising. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Mr. Jones is the 2012 recipient of the Legacy of a Dream Award, presented by Georgetown University at the Kennedy Center in Washington at a ceremony with President and Mrs. Obama in attendance.
From Georgetown University President John DiGioia's remarks:
"Born to parents who were domestic workers in Philadelphia; educated first by Irish nuns and then at Columbia - briefly interrupted by military service - and then at Boston University School of Law, his conviction and talent, at a very young age, brought him into service of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.
From serving as legal counsel to working on strategy for the Birmingham Campaign; from smuggling out of Dr. King’s prison cell, 'Letter from Birmingham Jail" and delivering the Letter to the clergy in Birmingham, to his work on crucial drafts of the "I Have a Dream" speech, Clarence B. Jones was one of the architects of the most significant movement for justice in our nation's history.
Tonight, as we honor the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., let us recognize a man who walked ‘ahead’ with him, and within whom today, the same spirit of justice still burns."
About the Book
"I have a dream." When those words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the crowd stood, electrified, as Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the plight of African Americans to the public consciousness and firmly established himself as one of the greatest orators of all time. Behind the Dream is a thrilling, behind-the-scenes account of the weeks leading up to the great event, as told by Clarence Jones, co-writer of the speech and close confidant to King. Jones was there, on the road, collaborating with the great minds of the time, and hammering out the ideas and the speech that would shape the civil rights movement and inspire Americans for years to come.