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Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America

Nathaniel R. Jones ; with a foreword by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Format
Book
Published
New York : The New Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9781620970751, 1620970759
Summary
"Answering the Call is an extraordinary eyewitness account from an unsung hero of the battle for racial equality in America-a battle that, far from ending with the great victories of the civil rights era, saw some of its signal achievements in the desegregation fights of the 1970s and its most notable setbacks in the affirmative action debates that continue into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. Judge Nathaniel R. Jones's pathbreaking career was forged in the 1960s: as the first African American assistant U.S. attorney in Ohio; as assistant general counsel of the Kerner Commission; and, beginning in 1969, as general counsel of the NAACP. In that latter role, Jones coordinated attacks against Northern school segregation-a vital, divisive, and poorly understood chapter in the movement for equality-twice arguing in the pivotal U.S. Supreme Court case Bradley v. Milliken, which addressed school desegregation in Detroit. He also led the national response to the attacks against affirmative action, spearheading and arguing many of the signal legal cases of that effort. Judge Jones's story is an essential corrective to the idea of a post-racial America--his voice and his testimony offering enduring evidence of the unfinished work of ending Jim Crow's legacy."--
Contents
  • Preface: Why this book?
  • The call
  • My early life
  • Becoming a Civil Rights activist
  • Family, marriages, and faith
  • Political solutions to racial tensions
  • Cutting my teeth as NAACP General Counsel
  • Desegregation and the road to the North: shifting legal strategies, from Plessy to Sweatt to Brown
  • Beyond de facto/de jure: the Northern school desegregation cases
  • The road to the Court
  • Continuing the struggle, on the bench
  • Beyond the United States
  • Beyond the bench
  • Life after the bench
  • Justice Clarence Thomas and the Supreme double cross
  • Obama: election reflections.
Description
xvii, 414 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-396) and index.
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