Monday, March 8, 2021

Civil Rights Activist & Bill Clinton Adviser Vernon Jordan Has Died

Vernon Jordan
, a notable civil rights activist and an adviser to President Bill Clinton has died. The family said that Mr. Jordan passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones.

Jordan was born August 15, 1935, in Atlanta, Ga., later graduating from Indiana’s DePauw University and the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. In 1971, Jordan was the president of the National Urban League, a post he commanded for a decade.

Jordan was the target of an assassination attempt outside a hotel in Fort Wayne, Ind. in May 1980 after leaving a speaking engagement. Over the course of three months in the hospital and several surgeries, Jordan was visited by President Jimmy Carter among others. Carter’s visit was the first story covered by the newly-established cable news network, CNN. The late Joseph Franklin, a known white supremacist, carried out the failed hit but was never prosecuted, but was later put to death in 2013 in connection with another murder.

 Jordan is survived by his wife Ann Jordan, his daughter Vickee Jordan Adams with his late first wife, and nine grandchildren.

Vernon Jordan was 85.

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