Judge JonesThe NAACP announced that Nathaniel R. Jones will be the recipient of the 101st Annual Spingarn Medal at the July 2016 NAACP national convention in Cincinnati.  “Judge Jones’ commitment to civil rights and social action embodies the spirit and mission of the NAACP,” said Leon W. Russell, vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “His efforts to end school segregation, defend affirmative action and his continued work as a federal judge deserves the NAACP’s highest honor.”  Click here to read the NAACP Press Release.

Following the announcement, the YSU chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi held a special event last weekend to honor Judge Jones.  The Spingarn Medal, named for an early NAACP founder, recognizes a person of African descent for extraordinary achievement.  Past recipients include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Langston Hughes.  “Now tell me that’s not pretty good company,” YSU President Jim Tressel said of the award when introducing Judge Jones at a university event Friday.  Click here to read more about the Youngstown event.