"Jones, a trailblazing African American judge, delivers an urgently needed perspective on American history . . . [A] passionate and informative account" ( Booklist , starred review). Answering the Call is an extraordinary eyewitness account from an unsung hero of the battle for racial equality in America--a battle that, far from ending with the great victories of the civil rights era, saw some of its signal achievements in the desegregation fights of the 1970s and its most notable setbacks in the affirmative action debates that continue into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. Judge Nathaniel R. Jones's groundbreaking career was forged in the 1960s: As the first African American assistant US attorney in Ohio; as assistant general counsel of the Kerner Commission; and, beginning in 1969, as general counsel of the NAACP. In that latter role, Jones coordinated attacks against Northern school segregation--a vital, divisive, and poorly understood chapter in the movement for equality--twice arguing in the pivotal US Supreme Court case Bradley v. Milliken, which addressed school desegregation in Detroit. He also led the national response to the attacks against affirmative action, spearheading and arguing many of the signal legal cases of that effort. Answering the Call is "a stunning, inside story of the contemporary struggle for civil rights . . . Essential reading for understanding where we are today--underscoring just how much work is left to be done" (Vernon E. Jordan Jr., civil rights activist). "A forthright testimony by a witness to history." -- Kirkus Reviews
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