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Van Jones

Posted By MB Snow On September 1, 2009 @ 7:35 pm In DTN Profiles | No Comments


Born in 1968 in rural West Tennessee, Van Jones (whose birth name was Anthony Jones [1]) attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. As an undergraduate aspiring to a career in journalism, he founded an underground campus newspaper [2] as well as a statewide African American newspaper [3]. After earning his BA degree, Jones abandoned his plan to become a journalist and instead enrolled at Yale [4] Law School, where, as anangry black separatist [2], he first arrived wearing combat boots [2] and carrying a Black Panther [5]bookbag. “If I’d been in another country, I probably would have joined some underground guerrilla sect,” he reflects [2]. “But as it was, I went on to an Ivy League law school…. I wasn’t ready for Yale, and they weren’t ready for me.”

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[1] Anthony Jones: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/glenn-beck-closing-in-on-van-jones/

[2] founded an underground campus newspaper: http://www.dakotahe%20started%20an%20underground%20newspapervoice.com/2009/07/obamas-black-red-green-czar/

[3] a statewide African American newspaper:

[4] Yale: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6638

[5] Black Panther: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7375

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