New fellowship honors Clarence B. Jones

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

A Jan. 17 lecture by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, commemorating the 90th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth, helped inaugurate the CLARENCE B. JONES FELLOWSHIP.

Barber, whose speech was called “Where Do We Go From Here?,” is president of the Repairers of the Breach, a nonprofit organization that raises moral public concerns about the treatment of marginalized groups, including the poor, the LGBTQ community and communities of color.

The fellowship honors Clarence¬†Jones, a scholar in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Jones was a counsel and speechwriter for King. The King Institute supports a broad range of activities illuminating King’s life and the movements he inspired. The fellowship is designed to encourage research involving the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

During Jones’ residence at the King Institute, he has worked on his memoirs and published two books: What Would Martin Say? (2008) and Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation (2012).