Dr. Ida E. Jones is a native New Englander. She attended Howard University. She graduated with a B.A. in News Editorial Journalism, M.A. in Public History, and a Ph.D. in American History from Howard University.
During her professional career Dr. Jones remains committed to service within the profession and the larger field of education. She has served the: executive council of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 2004-2006; the D.C. Community Humanities Council, 2006-2008, 2012 and is a former National Director, Association of Black Women Historians 2011-2013. She served two terms for the Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine book award committee, 2014-2015. Dr. Jones also serves on the board of the Port of Harlem Gambian Education Fund Foundation 2007-2015. She participated with the 2013 faculty team of the Howard University School of Social Work’s International Service-Learning Project, Cape Town, South Africa.
She currently a Board member of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites; co-vice president of the Baltimore City Historical Society and President of the Bethel Dukes Branch of ASALH. In August 2020 she was appointed to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Board of Directors.
Her scholarship is evident in numerous publications, speaking engagements, as well as radio and television appearances. In 2011 she proudly of served as a moderator for a panel including Sergeant Gene Doughty and producer/actor John Amos and Madlyn McCray. Their film Their Voices, Their Stories: African American Veterans Who Served on Iwo Jima documents the lives of African American WWII veterans who served on Iwo Jima.
In 2010 she served as the moderator at the National Archives celebration of the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment panel discussion titled “Ain’t I a Woman: A Complicated Story of Women’s Suffrage in Black and White.” Panelists include Dr. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, professor of history at Morgan State University; Dr. Ann Gordon, research professor and editor of the Stanton and Anthony Papers at Rutgers University; and journalist Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot.
Her publications include numerous book reviews, a variety of encyclopedia entries and an online exhibition for the National Women’s History Museum “Claiming Their Citizenship: African American Women From 1624-2009” In 2020 she wrote a blog for the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission titled Mary McLeod Bethune, True Democracy, and the Fight for Universal Suffrage.
She has co-edited two books Emerging Voices and Paradigms, 2008 and In Spite of the Double Drawbacks: African American Women in History and Culture 2012.
She self-published her first book in 2011 The Heart of the Race Problem: the Life of Kelly Miller. This was first published biography on Kelly Miller, she utilizes the daysman a Biblical mediator to situate the intellectual life of Miller. His ideology sought to harmonize the divergent perspectives of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Through his numerous publications, speaking engagements and commitment to African American education worked the middle ground between the two thought titans of the early 20th century. Moreover, this work explores the family and private life of Miller broaden current thoughts on this notable intellectual. To order a copy email email@example.com
Her first book published by the History Press in May 2013 Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.; Education and Activism in Logan Circle, was well received. Mary McLeod Bethune lived in Washington DC from 1939 to 1950. The Council House at 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW served as her personal residents and working NCNW headquarters. This book explores select activities accomplished by Mrs. Bethune while living in Washington, growing the NCNW and striking repeated blows against domestic and international racism and sexism.
Her second History Press book was William Henry Jernagin in Washington, D.C. Faith in the Fight for Civil Rights. Dr. Jernagin was a seminal figure in National Baptist Convention, however, his personal voice was missing. Born in 1869 in Mashulaville, Mississippi he launched a personal and clerical crusade against racism. Through the National Baptist Convention’s Youth Department Dr. Jernagin shaped the minds of young people such as Reverend L. Venchael H. Booth, Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Dr. Benjamin Mays, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She asserts that the split between the National Baptist Convention and the Progressive National Baptist Convention would have been everted if Dr. Jernagin had lived – his death in 1958 silenced a moderate voice in rising contentions between factions in the NBC. Dr. Jones situates the activism of Dr. Jernagin in his own words from his personal papers housed in Washington, DC.
Her latest work is on the life and career of Baltimorean Victorine Quille Adams. Victorine was the first African American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1967. During her 4 consecutive terms she advocated for the poor and politically orphaned citizens of Baltimore. Her rise to political leadership started with galvanizing African American women in Mrs. Bethune’s National Council of Negro Women. She was a charter member of the NCNW Baltimore section in 1943. In 1946 and 1958 she founded and co-founded the Colored Women’s Democratic Campaign Committee and Woman Power, Incorporated which educated, registered and promoted civic-minded engagement for African American women and families. Baltimore Civil Rights Leader: Victorine Quille Adams was published 2019.
Dr. Jones is a consummate scholar who believes deeply in the words of Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune who stated “power must walk hand in hand with humility and the intellect must have a soul.” Thus no audience is insignificant. Moreover, Dr. Jones believes that the relevance and liberation history provides emboldens her to be an apostle of Clio the muse of history on behalf of the sable and sepia voices of the past.