Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor

USF is honored to have Dr. Clarence B. Jones, personal attorney and speechwriter to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., joining our faculty as the institution’s inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor for Fall 2012 and 2013. Dr. Jones is teaching an undergraduate course titled From Slavery to Obama in the College of Arts and Sciences, Politics Department. As well as a graduate course in the Masters of Public Affairs titled The Art of Advocacy Speechwriting.

In 2012, the office established and institutionalized a program that brings a nationally recognized diversity leader and "living legend" to the campus community. We are exalted by Dr. Clarence B. Jones acceptance of this appointment for two academic years, and honored to have this nationally recognized leader in the civil rights movement on campus among USF's faculty. Stay tuned, as this spring we will announce another incredible social justice leader (a woman) who will be appointed to this position for the next academic year.

At 12:00pm on August 28th, 2013 the bells of St. Ignatius Church range to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the historic moment when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In honor of this historic event, the University of San Francisco is the proud sponsor and producer of the audio version of the acclaimed book, Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed A Nation, by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly. Special acknowledgment and thanks go to Dean Marcelo Camperi of the College of Arts & Sciences and Provost, and VP for Academic Affairs Jennifer E. Turpin, for the funding and support needed to bring this project to life. The audio book is now available for purchase online.

By request of the authors, 50% of all proceeds from the sale of the audio book version of Behind the Dream will go towards funding the proposed Center for Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution at the University of San Francisco. Click here to learn more about the Center for Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution or to make a donation.

Guiding Tenets for Visiting Professor:

  • A living legend or elder of our community who has exemplified social justice and the Jesuit values through their life’s work
  • Situated in the SF/Bay Area
  • May be a scholar, or not an academically trained scholar, but has culturally based knowledge and life experience to share with the USF community
  • Someone who symbolically represents a part of our multicultural American history and can share that experience first-hand through a teaching engagement with USF students 
Book Cover Image 'Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation'News clipClarence Jones and Bill Cosby at USF commencement Spring 2012Dr. Clarence B Jones