Jones, Richard “Dick Jones” Lee
- Elizabeth R. Schroeder
journalist, businessman, military leader, and diplomat, was born in Albany, Georgia, to Richard and Eliza (Brown) Jones. Richard Lee Jones, also known as Dick Jones, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family at fifteen saying
In the South, I was not the submissive kind, but I learned respect for authority. Many Negroes have not learned that yet. They come up here and try to run away with the town. I had no trouble in the South. I avoided trouble. If you see a nail, why sit on it? Much trouble could be avoided by Negroes in the South if they tried to. Get me straight! I am not for conditions down there. They are bad, but could be bettered.”
(Wilson, “Interview with Dick Jones, Manager of South Center,” Negro in Illinois Papers)
He attended the University of Cincinnati from 1912 to 1915 and later abandoned his law ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.