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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clarence Jones, MLK Speechwriter


With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday tomorrow, I invited one of his advisers and speechwriters to join me on America Weekend.

Dr. Clarence B. Jones was an attorney who worked with Dr. King from 1960 on, then moved into finance and became one of the first African-American partners in a Wall Street investment firm. Now he teaches advocacy speechwriting at the University of San Francisco, so I asked him about the process of writing speeches for Dr. King, what lessons he imparts to his students about crafting effective speeches, and whether they understand the struggles that he and other civil rights leaders went through some five decades ago.

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