Former federal judge in Ohio awarded NAACP’s highest honor


CINCINNATI (AP) — A former federal judge, lifelong civil rights advocate and Ohio native has been awarded the NAACP’s highest honor.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2a3bG1D ) U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx presented 90-year-old Nathaniel Jones with the Spingarn Medal on Wednesday night at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Dinner.

The medal has been awarded annually since 1915. George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr. are among the other honorees.

Jones has lived in Cincinnati since 1979, when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jones says the award reminded him of how his life’s work was shaped by the mission of the NAACP. He worked as general counsel for the organization from 1969 to 1979 and argued school desegregation cases.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com