90-year-old Youngstown judge honored during nonviolence week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Judge Nathaniel R. Jones was honored with the inaugural Simeon Booker Award for Courage Wednesday night.

As a leader for change in the community, Jones has spent his 90 years sharing his experiences and knowledge far beyond Youngstown’s city limits.

Of his several accomplishments, Jones was nominated by then President Jimmy Carter to serve the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He served there for over 20 years before retiring in 2002.

This is the first year for the award, created as part of the sixth annual Ohio Nonviolence Week, which is a five-day celebration sponsored by John and Denise DeBartolo York and the DeBartolo Corperation.

In July, Jones was also presented the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the national NAACP.