From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Jones, Louis Clayton

(born: 1935  -  died: 2006) 

Louis Clayton Jones, an equal rights advocate and international lawyer, was born in Lexington, KY. A  graduate of old Dunbar High School, Howard University, and Yale Law School, he was admitted to the bar in Kentucky and New York.

Jones founded the National Conference of Black Lawyers, was named assistant director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in 1961, and, in 1981, became the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia, returning to the U.S. in 1982.

The following year, Jones became counsel to the family of Michael Stewart, a 25-year old New Yorker who was arrested for writing graffiti in the subway and later died from injuries he received while in police custody.

In 1985, Jones became the Director of Legal and Financial Affairs in Paris, France, for the Saudi Arabian company First Investment Capital Corporation.

Louis Clayton Jones was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth Jones and Rev. William A. Jones, Sr.,; one of his six siblings was Rev. William A. Jones, Jr.

For more see J. Ogawa, "Lexington native worked behind scenes for equal rights," Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/13/2006, City&Region section, p. D3; and "RIP: Louis Clayton Jones," Black Star News, 1/12/2006.

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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: Jones, William Augustus, Sr.
NKAA Entry: Jones, William (Bill) Augustus, Jr.
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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