Hettie Jones
American writer
Hettie Jones
Hettie Jones is best known as the former wife of Amiri Baraka, known as LeRoi Jones at the time of their marriage, but is also a writer herself. They have two children, Kellie and Lisa Jones. While known for her poetry, she has received acclaim for her memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones (published 1990 by Grove Press).
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Heartbreaking New Documentary Immortalizes Chicago Black Women Killed By Police
Huffington Post - 4 months
A new documentary is helping to ensure that we never forget Rekia Boyd, Bettie Jones and other black women killed in interactions with police.  Boyd, 22, was killed by a Chicago officer in 2012, and Jones, 55, was killed in 2015. Al Jazeera’s 25-minute film, “The Lives of Black Women,” explores their deaths through interviews with both women’s families. “They don’t talk about women that much when they get killed by the police,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton. “They barely talk about women. Why is that? It’s crazy, because you see that even in death, women play the second role.”  As of October, 10 black women have been killed by police this year, according to a tracker from The Guardian. The film mentions that, on average, police kill one black woman every month. They don’t talk about women that much when they get killed by the police. They barely talk about women. Why is that? It’s crazy, because you see that even in death, women play the second ro ...
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When Kellie Jones Wanted To Study Black Art History, The Field Didn't Exist. So She Created It Herself.
Huffington Post - 5 months
When we heard word of this year’s MacArthur Fellows this week, we were particularly thrilled to see the name of curator, art historian and professor Dr. Kellie Jones among the list of recognized “geniuses.”  At 57 years old, Jones has devoted her life to challenging the oversimplified and whitewashed mainstream narratives of art history, incorporating artists of color into the canon and the conversation. In addition to serving as an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, Jones has curated groundbreaking exhibitions including “Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964–1980” (2006), “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980” (2011), and “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” (2014).  Through her tireless dedication and work, Jones ushered many pivotal yet under-acknowledged artists into their rightful places in the contemporary art dialogue, and changed the way the African diaspora is seen, ...
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Autopsies: Quintonio LeGrier shot 6 times by Chicago cop, Bettie Jones once
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Quintonio LeGrier suffered six gunshot wounds, including two graze wounds, when he was shot by a Chicago police officer, according to an autopsy report from the Cook County medical examiner's office that was made public Thursday. Bettie Jones, who was killed in the same shooting a day after Christmas,...
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Autopsies: Quintonio LeGrier shot 6 times by Chicago cop, Bettie Jones once
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Quintonio LeGrier was shot at least six times by a Chicago police officer, including in his back and buttocks, according to an autopsy report from the Cook County medical examiner's office. Bettie Jones, who was killed in the same shooting a day after Christmas, died of a single gunshot wound to...
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Autopsies: Quintonio LeGrier shot 6 times by Chicago cop, Bettie Jones once
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Quintonio LeGrier was shot at least six times by a Chicago police officer, including in his back and buttocks, according to an autopsy report from the Cook County medical examiner's office. Bettie Jones, who was killed in the same shooting a day after Christmas, died of a single gunshot wound to...
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Friends, family say goodbye to woman accidentally killed by Chicago police
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Bettie Jones spent much of her life in church. The second of seven children in a Christian household, Jones sang in church choirs and was part of the family singing group called Seven Bells. As an adult she was a fixture at a church near her West Side home. Church is where Jones planned to be again...
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Funeral services held for black grandmother accidentally killed by Chicago police
Reuters.com - about 1 year
Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old black woman who was accidentallly killed by a Chicago police officer the day after Christmas, is laid to rest, as her family calls for a transparent investigation into her death. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Family of woman accidentally shot by Chicago police files lawsuit
Chicago Times - about 1 year
A 55-year-old West Side mother of five who was accidentally shot and killed by police last month "faced a hail of bullets" fired by an officer who was standing in the parkway outside the woman's home, according to a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of the woman's family. The lawsuit says Bettie Jones...
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Police fatally shoot Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier in in Chicago
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The daughters of Bettie Jones, along with friends and supporters, hang a picture of her during a vigil outside the family home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hettie Jones
    FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 55
    From 1989-2002 she ran a writing workshop at the New York State Correctional Facility for Women at Bedford Hills, which included inmate Judy Clark as a student, and which published a nationally distributed collection, Aliens At The Border.
    More Details Hide Details Jones is a former chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and is currently a member of PEN's Advisory Council.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Age 0
    Born in 1934.
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