Johnnie A. Jones Cause Of Death, Obituary Unavailable Yet – According to the New York Times, eminent civil attorney and World War II veteran Johnnie A. Jones has died. His age was 102. Jones’ goddaughter, Mada McDonald, verified to WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge that he died in the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, Louisiana.
According to ebony.com, Jones was honored by the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs in a blog post. The Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs posted, “We are devastated by the news of the passing.” “It was our distinct honor to care for Mr. Jones at our Louisiana Veterans Home where he lived since this past December.” The LDVA remarked, “We will always be grateful to having played a part in awarding him the Purple Heart he deserves for his combat wounded.”
Jones, who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 30, 1919, attended at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge to study industrial education. He served in World War II as a student and was the Army’s first Black warrant officer. Over 150,000 Allied Forces forces fought on Normandy beaches in 1944 as part of Operation Overlord, the biggest single act of warfare in history.
After his military duty, he graduated from Southern University with a law degree in 1953 and was appointed by the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to help organize and defend the United Defense League’s eight-day bus boycott in Baton Rouge. Jones was a driving force behind the Baton Rouge bus strike, which served as a model for the Montgomery bus strike two years later.
Jones worked on civil rights litigation with the NAACP and the Congress of Racial Equality throughout his legal career. “He fought to remove racial identity from election ballots and to integrate Baton Rouge’s schools, parks, and pools, all while facing threats of arrest and disbarment; bombs were twice planted beneath his car,” according to the article.
In the famous 1954 case Brown v. Jones, the United States Supreme Court banned segregation in public schools, he offered protection to young Black children by escorting them to school.
Jones was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976, when he continued to oppose legalized racism. He won a Purple Heart for his military service in 2021, 77 years after being struck by shrapnel during Operation Overlord.
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