Civil Rights Leader And Clinton Adviser Vernon Jordan Passes Away At 85

Civil Rights leader and former presidential adviser Vernon Jordan has reportedly passed away at the age of 85 years old. His daughter, Vickie Jordan, share the news on Tuesday.

"We appreciate all of the outpouring of love and affection," Vickie Jordan stated.

Jordan is an Atlanta native who graduated from both DePauw University and Howard University Law School. He entered the national consciousness as the president of the National Urban League during the 1970s. During his tenure as president, Jordan helped the organization add more than a dozen new chapters and expand its budget to $100 million. He also put together the "State of Black America" report in 1976. Current National Urban League President Marc Morial referred to him as one of the "top transformative leaders" in the country's history.

"The nation has lost one of its greatest champions of racial and economic justice," Morial stated.

"He was a transformational leader who brought the movement into a new era. He was a personal mentor and dear friend. His passing leaves a tremendous void that can never be filled."

During the later stages of his time with the National Urban League, Jordan also helped lead the United Negro College Fund in 1980 and 1981. After learning of Jordan's passing, United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax shared a photo of himself and the civil rights leader.

"My last meeting with the Great Vernon Jordan in his DC office to get advice and counsel on a difficult issue facing UNCF," Lomax wrote.

"He was always there for the UNCF, HBCUs & Black college students."

Jordan also worked as a top adviser for former President Bill Clinton during his first presidential campaign. He also worked as the co-chair for his transitional team.

Jordan is survived by his daughter, Vickie and his wife, Ann Jordan.

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