Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. (85) passed away last night (3/1/21) around 10pm surrounded by loved ones according to his daughter Vickee Jordan Adams. Known as a champion of civil rights, a Washington insider and corporate influencer.
Vernon Jordan was born in Atlanta, GA (8/15/35) the middle of 3 sons. Growing up in public housing, while being exposed to Atlanta's elite through his mother's catering service. This fueled his journey to the path of becoming a Civil Rights Icon. Distinguishing himself through his achievements in academics and athletics. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science from DePauw University in Indiana, and earning his law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington.
Moving back to Atlanta, Vernon Jordan became a clerk for civil rights attorney Donald Hollowell. In a short time, this led to becoming Georgia field secretary for the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, where he built new chapters, put together demonstrations and boycotted businesses that would not employ Black people.
Vernon Jordan moved his family to Arkansas to go into private practice, while becoming the director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council. During this time millions of Black people joined voter rolls and hundreds elected in the South. His journey continued as head of the United Negro College Fund. He always believed in the power of voting, and never let a chance escape him.
Vernon Jordan's activism and social justice continued to grow and flourish when he became the fifth president of the National Urban League that empowers African Americans to participate and achieve success in the economic and social mainstream. He believed that work with the Urban League, the NAACP, PUSH and SCLC was the highest form of service that can be done for Black people.
This high-profile position landed Vernon Jordan in the line of fire of a white supremacist in 1980. He had 5 surgeries with 3 months of recovery in the hospital, where he was visited by Jimmy Carter. He kept his determination and passion to continue his achievements for Social Justice.
Vernon Jordan's journey included a New York investment firm. Releasing an autobiography "Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir". Receiving the Spingarn Medal the NAACP highest honor. Recognized for his achievements with 55 honorary degrees which included his alma maters and having seats on my influential boards of directors. Just a few of the many stops and accomplishments he achieved.
With valued friendships that included one that started with a connection of southern roots and poor upbringings. Vernon Jordan and former President Bill Clinton's friendship evolved into a partnership and political alliance. A 'First Friend' during times of happiness and joy, as well as trouble and sorrow.
Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. legacy lives on. R.I.Power