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From Willard Straight to Wall Street and Back: An Evening with Tom Jones ’69

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m., Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall
Admission is free and open to the public, no ticket required

Harry Edwards

Tom Jones ’69, MRP ’72, whose prominent role in the occupation of Willard Straight Hall and its aftermath placed him at the center of discussion, debate and discord, returns to Willard Straight. Jones will reflect on his role in the events of April 1969, the current state of race relations in America, and the important life lessons he learned during his 50-year journey from Cornell’s campus to the heart of Wall Street and the pinnacle of the financial world – and back to his alma mater.

Tom Jones will be introduced by Olufemi Taiwo, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Africana Studies and Research Center. Steve Starr, whose iconic photograph of armed activists leaving the Straight earned him the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, will also attend.

Jones will answer questions from the audience following his remarks.

Sponsored by the Lawrence ’68 and Judith Tanenbaum Distinguished Speakers Fellowship of Sigma Phi.

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