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Jones, William (Bill) Augustus, Jr.

(born: February 24, 1934  -  died: February 5, 2006) 

Born in Louisville, KY, William "Bill" A. Jones, Jr. was ordained a minister in Kentucky and served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church for 43 years. The church, located in Brooklyn, New York, had about 5,000 members. Jones' message was also delivered on the Bethany Hour, which was broadcast on television and the radio to 400 cities. He also led the campaign to integrate New York trade unions and organized a boycott of grocery stores such as A & P, because they did not hire African Americans. He helped to establish and lead the National Black Pastors Conference in 1979. He was the first chairman of the New York chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He had preached in Toronto and Scotland and completed special studies in Nigeria and Ghana.

William A. Jones, Jr. grew up in Lexington and was a graduate of the (Old) Dunbar High School and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in sociology. He was also a graduate of Crozer Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate from a school that is now part of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He was the son of William A. Jones, Sr. and the grandson of Henry Wise Jones, Sr., who co-founded Simmons Bible College in Louisville, KY. William A. Jones, Jr.'s memorial service was held at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

For more see D. Martin, "Rev. William A. Jones, Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 71," The New York Times, 02/08/2006, Sec. C, p. 16; and J. Hewlett, "Renowned preacher, civil-rights leader," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/07/2006, City&Region section, p. B1. The Rev. Dr. William Augustus Jones, Jr. Papers are at Brooklyn College in New York.

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