Chairman Jones tells the story of James Henry Jones, a black farmer who disregarded racism and lack of education to emerge as a trailblazer during the school desegregation crisis in Northampton County, NC. Triggered by Northampton’s fifteen-year refusal to integrate the County’s public schools, Jones led the fight to end nearly a century of inequality in education. He placed his own children on the front lines, brought blacks and whites together for dialog and helped integration tip toe into Northampton County. His visionary leadership transformed the educational landscape for everyone. His rise to North Carolina’s first black school board chairman impacted the State and introduced a new era in education, relations between the races, and progress in the State.
Director Anna Jones to be in attendance for screenings!