A tribute and gathering is being planned for Oct. 13 for local raconteur R.B. Jones.
Anyone who’s spent time in Baltimore in the last few decades is familiar with the heart and soul of R.B. Jones. From his rants against the establishment to his raves on behalf of the marginalized, he’s planted his opinion pieces on every accessible printed page and the cyber pages of the Internet.
He is a teacher and writer. He is a journalist and columnist. He’s a poet and playwright. He is a radio talk show host and activist. And from all these places he’s garnered admirers and colleagues.
From his Dec. 2, 2011 “Realside” column in the Baltimore Times:
I have visited Occupy Baltimore at McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor twice. It is an ideal location for a protest against economic injustice. Several buildings owned by banks and financial institutions ring the site so the enemy is under surveillance from the encampment.
From his Oct. 23 column, remarks he would have delivered if ask to speak at the dedication of the MLK memorial:
The image of Dr. King, which stands on the mall should be viewed as an indictment of the present policies of the nation and as a warning that even the strongest nations that have ever existed militarily have all had their reckoning, and the USA is no different.
In addition to the Times, Jones has written for the AFRO and for the Baltimore Press of which he was a co-owner. He’s a poet and author of several editions. He’s worked with at-risk young people in the city and taught in the English departments of Sojourner-Douglass College, Coppin State University and Baltimore City Community College.
Jones’ sheer tenacity and consistency have gained for him a place of endearment and respect even from those who don’t share his politics or his philosophies. Even his Facebook page is filling with prayers and well wishes.
These are the people who have rallied to encourage him as he recuperates after a short hospital stay and goes through physical therapy.
The gathering will be 6-9 p.m., Oct. 13 at Terra Café, 101 E. 25th St. in Baltimore. Darren Muhammad of WFBR, former Sen. Larry Young of WOLB and former city councilwoman, Belinda Conaway will serve as emcees. Well known musician and poet John Wesley will be featured among others.
Those who can’t attend can send well wishes to R.B. Jones, PO Box 32343, Pikesville, MD 21282. For additional information, call 410-581-2272.