Office of University RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2015
SUSLA WELCOMES CIVIL RIGHTS ICON AND ATTORNEY JOHNNIE A. JONES, SR.
Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) welcomes civil rights attorney, NAACP activist, veteran and SU alumnus Johnnie A. Jones, Sr. as the keynote speaker at the Celebration of Men’s Ministry Month at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 5823 Ledbetter Street, Shreveport, Louisiana on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 5:45pm. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is pastored by the Reverend Joe R. Gant, Jr., former three-time Chairman and current member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
An alumnus of Southern University Laboratory School, Southern High, Southern University and Southern University School of Law, the Southern University system has played an integral part in shaping and preparing Attorney Jones for his lifetime commitment to service. Born in 1919, in Laurel Hills, Louisiana, Attorney Jones’ passion for law began at an early age. His interest in law remained as he attended Southern Laboratory School and Southern High. After graduation, Attorney Jones enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge before being drafted in to the United States Army during War World II. A decorated veteran, he served in some of the country’s most notable war efforts, including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
After his service, Jones returned to Southern University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1949. He later pursued his Juris Doctorate degree at the Southern University School of Law, graduating in 1953.
Attorney Jones has served at the forefront of various historic civil rights struggles. Jones served as legal counsel during the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, and during the 1960 sit-in at the Kress lunch counter in downtown Baton Rouge, a case that was later heard by the US Supreme Court, and ruled for in the favor of the students involved. In 1972, Attorney Jones became of the first five African-American members of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, and also served as the first African-American Assistant Parish Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish.
“Everyone is charged with a mission to make an improvement in civilization during the era in which they live,” notes Jones.
Attorney Jones has received numerous awards for his service, including induction into the Southern University School of Law Hall of Fame. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
For more information about this event, contact Southern University at Shreveport or Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at 318.636.4930.
Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offerings and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.
Krystle Beauchamp Grindley
Director of University Relations
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