Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NAACP to Hold Discussion on the Role of Courts in the Quest for Equality at Final Plenary Session Wednesday; Spingarn Medal Goes to Judge Nathaniel R. Jones

Judge Nathaniel R. Jones

July 19, 2016

CINCINNATI, OH – A panel of judges and experts will lead the NAACP membership in discussions on how courts can change systemic racial inequality in America at the annual convention’s final plenary session.  
The discussion, titled “Perspectives on the Role of the Courts in the Continuing Quest for Equality” takes place during the Final Plenary Session of the four-day convention in Cincinnati beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 
Panel participants will include Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, U.S. District judge from Washington, D.C., Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, retired Appellate Judge from Youngstown, Ohio who served as general counsel for the NAACP from 1969 to 1979, and Elaine R. Jones, former President and Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. 
During the convention, leaders for the civil rights organization announced plans to work with law enforcement and criminal justice officials to increase oversight and accountability between police and communities of color as part of their advocacy for better schools, economic opportunity, environmental policy, youth engagement and voter mobilization in the Nov. 8 election.
Later Wednesday, NAACP leaders will award Judge Jones the 101st Spingarn Medal from the organization for his lifetime of achievement in advancing civil rights at a dinner in his honor beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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