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Clifton Jones interview


Dr. Clifton R. Jones (1910-2000) was a professor of sociology at Morgan State College and Howard University. In this oral history interview, he discusses his time as a member of the board of directors for the Baltimore Urban League in Maryland, as well as his role as chairman of the State Employment Security Commission (a position he was appointed to by Theodore McKeldin). Dr. Jones also discusses the insight such work gave him on the impact of segregation and socioeconomic status, as well as different aid initiatives and legislation (e.g. the Housing Act of 1949) on local housing and the general living conditions of Black citizens. The interview concludes with Dr. Jones’ perspective on McKeldin’s unique political career and his impact on the local civil rights movement.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Clifton Jones
Interviewer: Nancy Krieger

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8114


Audio: 54 minutes
Transcript: 14 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8114

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

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