Legal Defense Fund President Elaine Jones To Speak Nov. 1 As Part
Of "Explorations In Black Leadership" Series
27, 2000 -- Elaine
R. Jones, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense
and Educational Fund and an alumna of the University of Virginia
School of Law, will speak at the law school Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Her talk, titled "Living a
Life of Challenge," will be at 5:30 p.m. in Withers-Brown Hall
152 and is open to the public. It is part of the series of University-wide
discussions, "Explorations in Black Leadership."
Julian Bond, professor of history
and national chair of the NAACP, and Patricia Werhane, Ruffin Professor
of Business Ethics in the Darden School, will respond to Joness
The series of talks, an oral history
project sponsored by the Institute for Public History and the Darden
School, aims to preserve leadership lessons taught by key civil
rights leaders and examine the nature of that leadership.
A native of Norfolk, Jones is a 1970
graduate of the U.Va. law school and was the school's first black
woman graduate. She is also the first woman to head the NAACP legal
defense fund, the chief legal organization of the movement for racial
justice, and has long played a key role in behalf of civil rights
Known as a dynamic speaker, she has
been affiliated with the legal defense fund for much of her career.
Just two years out of law school, she served as counsel of record
in Furman v. Georgia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished
the death penalty in 37 states. Her efforts also have helped pass
scores of civil rights laws.
In 1989 she became the first African-American
elected to the American Bar Association's Board of Governors.
The "Explorations in Black Leadership"
project will bring civil rights figures to Charlottesville over
the new few years, where they will participate in public forums
and videotaped interviews conducted by Bond, who is himself a long-time
civil rights leader.
Civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers,
chancellor of North Carolina Central University, will speak at the
law school Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856