Dr. Ida E. Jones is a native New Englander. She came to Washington, DC to attend Howard University. She graduated with a B.A. in News Editorial Journalism and a Ph.D. in American History from Howard University.
During the course of 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 since 2007. She participated with the 2013 faculty team of the Howard University School of Social Work’s International Service Learning Project, Cape Town, South Africa.
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.
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”
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 entitled The Heart of the Race Problem: the Life of Kelly Miller. To order a copy email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Her second book published in May 2013 Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.; Education and Activism in Logan Circle, by the History Press is well received. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, NPS site has dubbed this title the best source to learn about Mrs. Bethune and the NCNW during the early years.
Her second History Press book is William Henry Jernagin in Washington, D.C. Faith in the Fight for Civil Rights. Dr. Jernagin was a seminal figure in National Baptist Convention work, however, his personal voice was missing. 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 Victorine Quille Adams 1912-2006. 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 is scheduled for publication in January 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.