Ken Jones (activist)

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Ken Jones
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Battles/warsVietnam War

Ken Jones is an American activist.[1][2] From New Jersey,[3] he served in the Navy in Vietnam, until he was reassigned from there to San Francisco, to lead a military desegregation program.[1][4] He also worked against AIDS, worked to make the gay rights movement more diverse, and organized services for homeless young people.[4]

He is openly gay, and was the first African-American chair of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee.[1][5] He is portrayed by Jonathan Majors and Michael K. Williams in the 2017 miniseries When We Rise, about LGBT rights.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "The Real-Life Gay Rights Activists of ABC's When We Rise". 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ Barmann, Jay (2017-02-28). "These Are The Real-Life San Francisco LGBT Heroes Portrayed In ABC's When We Rise". SFist. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Part III". When We Rise. March 1, 2017. ABC.
  4. ^ a b "ABC Mini-series When We Rise to Benefit from Cleve Jones-Dustin Black Collaboration". San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Ashley, Dan. "Local activist Ken Jones talks about fighting for LGBT equality". Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (April 26, 2016). "ABC's gay rights mini enlists Michael K. Williams, sets all-star guest cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ When We Rise on IMDb