Interview: Ralph Jones, February 14, 1984

Title

Interview: Ralph Jones, February 14, 1984

Subject

Integration
African Americans--Newspapers.
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
African Americans--Employment.
African American business enterprises
African Americans--Economic conditions.
African Americans--Segregation
African Americans--Politics and government.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Recreation
Race discrimination.
Racism
African Americans--Education.
African Americans--Conduct of life.
African Americans--Race identity.
African Americans--Education (Higher)
African Americans--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
United States--Race relations.

Description

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ralph Jones (1906-1991) witnessed the arrival of Black migrants during the Great Migration and experienced the tensions between the established African American community and the city's southern newcomers. After graduating from Howard University in 1931, Jones returned to Philadelphia, where he enjoyed a long and successful career in journalism, serving as editor for The Philadelphia Independent and the Afro-American and as executive editor of the Philadelphia Tribune. Jones also worked as a public relations specialist for City Hall and was the first African American to become sergeant of the county detectives. Jones was also an accomplished author, having written a novel, "The Pepperpot Man," and a biography of the Reverend Charles Tindley entitled "Charles Albert Tindley, Prince of Preachers," published in 1982.

Date

1984-02-14

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH172GN024

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Ralph Jones

Interview Keyword

Neighborhoods.
African Americans--Marriage.
Teaching
African American college students--Social conditions
African American families
African Americans--Relations with Irish Americans.
Elections
African American churches
African American leadership
Race riots--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
African Americans--Southern States.
African Americans--Relations with Italian Americans

Files

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Citation

“Interview: Ralph Jones, February 14, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed October 22, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1058.