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Clarence B. Jones

Former Adviser and Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

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 Clarence B. Jones Biography

Dr. Jones is currently a Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco and a Scholar Writer in Residence, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

In a distinguished and heralded career, Clarence B. Jones served as political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., joined Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the first African American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, has been twice recognized as Fortune Magazines Business Man of the Month, and founded successful financial, corporate and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world including The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia.

Dr. Jones has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. Through his work in the civil rights movement, he has dramatically impacted the course of American history. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, AL. The Supreme Court ruling in this case Sullivan vs. The New York Times resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations.

In August 1963, he assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated I Have A Dream speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963. In September 1971, he again found himself at the center of history-in-the-making when, at the request of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller; he was requested to help negotiate an end to the historic Attica prison inmate rebellion.

Dr. Jones has been the subject of numerous television and radio interview programs, appearing in such notable media vehicles as CNN, The OReilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, NY1s One-on-One with Budd Mishkin, NPR radio, BBC UK and feature in articles in the Washington Post, Ebony and Jet Magazines and several publications in the UK, France, and Ireland.

A much requested speaker, he has addressed corporate audiences at Citigroup and the U.S. headquarters of British Petroleum, GE, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Google headquarters and laws firms such as Sullivan &Cromwell and Andrews Kurth, Texas. He was the featured speaker at a Stanford University-wide lecture commemorating the 78th birthday Celebration of Dr. King delivered to faculty and students at Stanford during Black History Month (an event which was broadcast live to local radio stations throughout the Bay Area), the Rutgers University School of Law, The Sciences Po, Paris, and The American Institute at Oxford University, The British Library, the Bristol Book Fair, the Aye Write Book Fair in Glasgow. He has spoken at Veterans Administrations Hospitals, The California African-American Association of School Superintendents, the New York Public Library, the NYC 92nd Street Y, the New Albany Community Foundation, Columbus, OH.

Dr. Jones has served on the prestigious boards of The Impact Repertory Theater & Dance Co. and The Theatre Development Fund NYC, the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, Columbia University as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Boston Universitys School of Law and a Certificate from The New York Institute of Finance and the NASD for his Allied Membership in the NYSE. Additionally, he has an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from Allegheny College in Allegheny, PA, Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Lincoln University, PA and the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Jones completed teaching for the second time his successful course, From Slavery to Obama, at Stanford Universitys School of Continuing Studies Master of Liberal Arts Program. Fall Semester 2012 he taught a reconfigured version of the same course, for 15 weeks, to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco, as its First Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor. Commencing May 2013, at USF, Dr. Jones will teach a graduate course on The Art of Advocacy Speech Writing.

He is co-author of WHAT WOUD MARTIN SAY? 2008, BEHIND THE DREAM-The Making of the Speech That Transformed A Nation, 2011 and an E-book, UPRISING: Understanding Attica, Revolution and the Incarceration State. Dr. Jones posts a regular column in the Huffington Post. He is also writing his autobiography: A Pencil and Dollar Bill- Memoirs From An African-American Journey From the Depression to The Election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

What Would Martin Say?

What Would Martin Say?

Speaking Topics
  • The 21st Century Challenge of the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. was the 20th century's pre-eminent apostle of non-violence and the pursuit of justice. From Dr. King's beautifully illustrated philosophies in his 1963 Letter From A Birmingham Jail to the powerful "I Have A Dream" speech, Jones’ finds that 50 years later, the same challenges of racial segregation and unfair treatment are still posed for civil society today.

  • The Color of Skin vs. The Context of Character in the 21st Century

    Jones’ gives a frank discussion on the translation of this phrase extracted from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. More specifically, the conditions of present-day America are scrutinized in comparison to the challenge of Dr. King and whether society is consistent or inconsistent with the message.

  • Redefining the Landscape of Corporate America

    The expression “Nero while Rome burned” refers to heedless and irrelevant behavior in the midst of a crisis. Jones’ believes much of Corporate America is the “Neroes” of today. In his speech, he revisits and redefines the landscape of Corporate Responsibility and its response to many of the social, economic, and educational problems in society.

  • Education in America Today: Why Are We So Far Behind?

    This speech objectively lays out a summation of the facts pertaining to education today. With communication based technology being the main source of gathering information in our society, the absence of education hurts young people, causing an influx of uneducated students. Therefore, these insufficient youth, as deemed by society, are unable to make a meaningful economic contribution to sustain themselves and their families. Jones’ goal is to shed light on some of the possible options for action and other solutions in order to address and redress the education problem in America today.

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Clarence B. Jones

Former Adviser and Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

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Clarence B. Jones Biography

Dr. Jones is currently a Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco and a Scholar Writer in Residence, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

In a distinguished and heralded career, Clarence B. Jones served as political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., joined Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the first African American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, has been twice recognized as Fortune Magazines Business Man of the Month, and founded successful financial, corporate and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world including The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia.

Dr. Jones has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. Through his work in the civil rights movement, he has dramatically impacted the course of American history. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, AL. The Supreme Court ruling in this case Sullivan vs. The New York Times resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations.

In August 1963, he assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated I Have A Dream speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963. In September 1971, he again found himself at the center of history-in-the-making when, at the request of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller; he was requested to help negotiate an end to the historic Attica prison inmate rebellion.

Dr. Jones has been the subject of numerous television and radio interview programs, appearing in such notable media vehicles as CNN, The OReilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, NY1s One-on-One with Budd Mishkin, NPR radio, BBC UK and feature in articles in the Washington Post, Ebony and Jet Magazines and several publications in the UK, France, and Ireland.

A much requested speaker, he has addressed corporate audiences at Citigroup and the U.S. headquarters of British Petroleum, GE, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Google headquarters and laws firms such as Sullivan &Cromwell and Andrews Kurth, Texas. He was the featured speaker at a Stanford University-wide lecture commemorating the 78th birthday Celebration of Dr. King delivered to faculty and students at Stanford during Black History Month (an event which was broadcast live to local radio stations throughout the Bay Area), the Rutgers University School of Law, The Sciences Po, Paris, and The American Institute at Oxford University, The British Library, the Bristol Book Fair, the Aye Write Book Fair in Glasgow. He has spoken at Veterans Administrations Hospitals, The California African-American Association of School Superintendents, the New York Public Library, the NYC 92nd Street Y, the New Albany Community Foundation, Columbus, OH.

Dr. Jones has served on the prestigious boards of The Impact Repertory Theater & Dance Co. and The Theatre Development Fund NYC, the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, Columbia University as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Boston Universitys School of Law and a Certificate from The New York Institute of Finance and the NASD for his Allied Membership in the NYSE. Additionally, he has an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from Allegheny College in Allegheny, PA, Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Lincoln University, PA and the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Jones completed teaching for the second time his successful course, From Slavery to Obama, at Stanford Universitys School of Continuing Studies Master of Liberal Arts Program. Fall Semester 2012 he taught a reconfigured version of the same course, for 15 weeks, to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco, as its First Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor. Commencing May 2013, at USF, Dr. Jones will teach a graduate course on The Art of Advocacy Speech Writing.

He is co-author of WHAT WOUD MARTIN SAY? 2008, BEHIND THE DREAM-The Making of the Speech That Transformed A Nation, 2011 and an E-book, UPRISING: Understanding Attica, Revolution and the Incarceration State. Dr. Jones posts a regular column in the Huffington Post. He is also writing his autobiography: A Pencil and Dollar Bill- Memoirs From An African-American Journey From the Depression to The Election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

Clarence B. Jones Videos

  • Dr. Clarence Jones, friend and advisor to MLK, on Dr. King's death ...
  • Clarence B Jones on Martin Luther King Jr. - YouTube
  • UVU: Dr. Clarence B. Jones - "The Dream Turns 50"

Clarence B. Jones Books

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Clarence B. Jones Speaking Topics

  • The 21st Century Challenge of the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. was the 20th century's pre-eminent apostle of non-violence and the pursuit of justice. From Dr. King's beautifully illustrated philosophies in his 1963 Letter From A Birmingham Jail to the powerful "I Have A Dream" speech, Jones’ finds that 50 years later, the same challenges of racial segregation and unfair treatment are still posed for civil society today.

  • The Color of Skin vs. The Context of Character in the 21st Century

    Jones’ gives a frank discussion on the translation of this phrase extracted from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. More specifically, the conditions of present-day America are scrutinized in comparison to the challenge of Dr. King and whether society is consistent or inconsistent with the message.

  • Redefining the Landscape of Corporate America

    The expression “Nero while Rome burned” refers to heedless and irrelevant behavior in the midst of a crisis. Jones’ believes much of Corporate America is the “Neroes” of today. In his speech, he revisits and redefines the landscape of Corporate Responsibility and its response to many of the social, economic, and educational problems in society.

  • Education in America Today: Why Are We So Far Behind?

    This speech objectively lays out a summation of the facts pertaining to education today. With communication based technology being the main source of gathering information in our society, the absence of education hurts young people, causing an influx of uneducated students. Therefore, these insufficient youth, as deemed by society, are unable to make a meaningful economic contribution to sustain themselves and their families. Jones’ goal is to shed light on some of the possible options for action and other solutions in order to address and redress the education problem in America today.

FAQs on booking Clarence B. Jones

  • How to book Clarence B. Jones?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Clarence B. Jones for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Clarence B. Jones, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Clarence B. Jones or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Clarence B. Jones?

    Booking fees for Clarence B. Jones, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Clarence B. Jones, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Clarence B. Jones?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Clarence B. Jones for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Clarence B. Jones for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Clarence B. Jones or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Clarence B. Jones or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Clarence B. Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Clarence B. Jones for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Clarence B. Jones generally travels from Palo Alto, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kevin Powell, Ellis Cose, Donna Brazile, Reverend Al Sharpton and Julianne Malveaux. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Clarence B. Jones for an upcoming event.

Clarence B. Jones Speaker Videos

  • Dr. Clarence Jones, friend and advisor to MLK, on Dr. King's death ...
    Clarence B Jones on Martin Luther King Jr. - YouTube
  • UVU: Dr. Clarence B. Jones - "The Dream Turns 50"

Clarence B. Jones Speaking Topics

  • The 21st Century Challenge of the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. was the 20th century's pre-eminent apostle of non-violence and the pursuit of justice. From Dr. King's beautifully illustrated philosophies in his 1963 Letter From A Birmingham Jail to the powerful "I Have A Dream" speech, Jones’ finds that 50 years later, the same challenges of racial segregation and unfair treatment are still posed for civil society today.

  • The Color of Skin vs. The Context of Character in the 21st Century

    Jones’ gives a frank discussion on the translation of this phrase extracted from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. More specifically, the conditions of present-day America are scrutinized in comparison to the challenge of Dr. King and whether society is consistent or inconsistent with the message.

  • Redefining the Landscape of Corporate America

    The expression “Nero while Rome burned” refers to heedless and irrelevant behavior in the midst of a crisis. Jones’ believes much of Corporate America is the “Neroes” of today. In his speech, he revisits and redefines the landscape of Corporate Responsibility and its response to many of the social, economic, and educational problems in society.

  • Education in America Today: Why Are We So Far Behind?

    This speech objectively lays out a summation of the facts pertaining to education today. With communication based technology being the main source of gathering information in our society, the absence of education hurts young people, causing an influx of uneducated students. Therefore, these insufficient youth, as deemed by society, are unable to make a meaningful economic contribution to sustain themselves and their families. Jones’ goal is to shed light on some of the possible options for action and other solutions in order to address and redress the education problem in America today.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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