San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the city’s Human Rights Commission honored USF Diversity Scholar Clarence B. Jones at an event Aug. 20, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Lee presented Jones with a plaque in honor of his participation in August 28, 1963 civil rights march, and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission presented him with its “Hero” award for a lifetime spent fighting for human rights.
Jones, a close confidant, legal counsel, and speechwriter to Martin Luther King Jr., wrote part of King’s famous “I have a dream” speech and smuggled out the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” He accepted the awards on behalf of the civil rights leaders who gave their lives for the cause.
Earlier in the day, Jones was interviewed by national news outlets ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. He teaches two courses at USF, From Slavery to Obama and The Art of Advocacy Speech Writing.