Social activist and influential executive secretary of the National Urban League Eugene Kinckle Jones was born on July 30, 1885.
Felix L. Armfield‘s biography Eugene Kinckle Jones: The National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940 details the life an impact of this important agent for black social change in the early twentieth century.
In a January, 2012 Q&A with the Press, the late author pointed out some of the achievements of Eugene Kinckle Jones.
“While serving as the executive secretary of the National Urban League, worked to secure adequate jobs and housing for newly arriving southern black migrants to the often urban north,” Armfield noted. “In addition to jobs and housing, Jones continually worked with industry to make sure that sufficient job opportunities were made available to urban black people from 1916 to 1940.”