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Eugene Kinckle JonesThe National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940$
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Felix L. Armfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036583

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036583.001.0001

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From Richmond to Ithaca

From Richmond to Ithaca

(p.7) 1. From Richmond to Ithaca
Eugene Kinckle Jones

Felix L. Armfield

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides a contextualized background for the life of Eugene Kinckle Jones. Although circumscribed by the limits of Jim Crow, Jones made key decisions that affected his entire life. Thus, this chapter details his life from its beginnings in Richmond, Virginia, and as he matriculated through Virginia Union College for Negroes and later Cornell University. Both institutions helped to shape his life and opinions. In 1908, after graduation from Cornell University with a master's degree in economics and social science, Jones would have to put the ideals and motto of the new fraternity to work: “We shall be first of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all.” Eventually, his educational experience would propel him before the nation as a leader of social work and an advocate for institutional cooperation among the races..

Keywords:   Eugene Kinckle Jones, Jim Crow, Virginia Union College, Cornell University, Joseph Endom Jones, Rosa Daniel Kinckle Jones, Blanche Ruby Watson, Virginia

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