[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 116 (Tuesday, July 11, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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CLARENCE B. JONES
HON. DONALD NORCROSS
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mr. NORCROSS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Dr. Clarence B.
Jones, a towering civil rights figure and advocate for equality and
justice. On June 6, 2017, family, friends and community members will
gather for the renaming of the Palmyra High School Library and
dedication of the newly created Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for
Social Advocacy as a tribute to Dr. Jones.
Dr. Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 8, 1931.
He attended Palmyra High School in Palmyra, situated in New Jersey's
First Congressional District, where he graduated valedictorian of his
class in 1949. Dr. Jones' valedictorian speech, entitled “Tomorrow a
Better World,” called for breaking down racial barriers and marked the
beginning of a life that would involve civil rights activism.
After high school, Dr. Jones attended Columbia University, served
the United States military during the Korean Conflict, and graduated
from Boston University's School of Law.
In 1960, after practicing law for a few years, Dr. Jones became the
attorney and trusted advisor to iconic civil rights leader, the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1963, Dr. Jones played a vital role organizing and planning the
historic March on Washington, D.C. alongside Dr. King. Dr. Jones also
co-authored the “I Have a Dream” speech, regarded as the most notable
civil rights address in U.S. history.
Dr. Jones broke racial barriers in corporate America, becoming the
first African American partner at a Wall Street banking investment
Dr. Clarence Jones is an honorable American, who has dedicated his
life, voice, and actions to civil rights, and has inspired many to
stand up for justice.
Mr. Speaker, I ask you to join me in saluting Dr. Jones for his
service to our nation, his devotion to the civil rights movement and
for his ongoing fight for equality in our great nation.