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A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH INEZ DAVENPORT JONES

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Student Voices highlights the work of American University Students.


An interview with Inez Davenport Jones for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. Conducted by American University students Cayla Fox and Makenzie Gold Quiros in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on April 19th, 2019.



Mr. Davenport Jones discusses growing up in racially segregated southern Virginia, her decision to become a music teacher, the inequities of the "separate but equal" Jim Crow education system, and what inspired her to support the student walkouts at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia, why she and her husband, a school principal, had to leave Farmville, why she kept her involvement a secret for decades and her life after the Farmville walkouts.


The Student Voices page of the Julian Bond Oral History Project features the work of students at American University. On occasion, this page will feature interviews conducted by American University students with civil rights activists past and present. Other times, we will feature interviews with American University students about their own work in politics and social activism.

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Please direct any inquiries by email to Dr. Gregg Ivers at ivers@american.edu

PROJECT DIRECTOR: Dr. Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University

RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Gracie Brett, Lianna Bright, Audra Gale, and Colleen Vivaldi

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: Cameron Burns, Andrew Eversden, Kevin Alexander Gray, and Lawrence Holman

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE AND WEBSITE DESIGN: Jessica Merriman