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Saturday, July 1 • 13:00 - 14:30
Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader

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A farmer's fight for equal education in Northampton County, NC transforms him and his county in unimaginable ways. Chairman Jones tells the story of the director's father, James H. Jones, a self-educated farmer who disregards racism and lack of education and emerges as a trailblazer during the tense 1969 school desegregation crisis in Northampton County, leading the fight to end nearly a century of inequality in education. After freeing himself from Jim Crow sharecropping in the 1950's, he launches a campaign to free black children from Jim Crow education. 

Jones places his own children on the front lines, brings blacks and whites together for dialogue, helps integration tip toe into Northampton, and transforms the educational landscape for everyone. His leadership as North Carolina’s first black school Board Chairman introduces a new era in education and has a marked effect on racial progress in the state. 

Born on a former slave plantation in 1916, Jones died in 1984, the year that the Northampton County school system received accreditation for the first time in its history largely due to his vision and efforts. His story unfolds through his daughter Anna's conversations with those who lived during that time and witnessed his extraordinary courage and leadership. 

United States 

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Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman

Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 14:30 EDT
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

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