Dr. Clarence B. Jones has invested upwards of sixty years of his life to advance U.S. civil rights as a passionate activist, accomplished attorney, and speechwriter to Martin Luther King Jr. This year, the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice awarded him the coveted 2021 Thurgood Marshall Award to celebrate Dr. Jones' long-term contributions in the legal profession.
During the Friday, August 6, virtual celebration, special guests - including Ambassador Andrew Young, ACLU National Legal Director David Cole; Akonadi Foundation President Lateefah Simon; Comedian and The Daily Show Correspondent Ronny Chieng; Raytheon Technologies Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President Marie Sylla-Dixon; Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law Larry Gibson; Attorney Thurgood Marshall Jr.; and USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice Co-Founder and Director Jonathan D. Greenberg - paid homage to the legend. The virtual event was a joyous moment for the civil rights legal community, with acclaim pouring in from the audience. President Barack Obama also shared his thoughts on the awardee, and told the audience to "embrace action over resignation."