Jordan, Vernon Eulion, Jr.

Jordan, Vernon Eulion, Jr.,

1935–, African-American civil-rights leader and lawyer, b. Atlanta, Ga. A graduate of the Howard Univ. Law School, he was executive director (1970–71) of the United Negro College Fund and president (1972–81) of the National Urban League. After being wounded (1980) by a sniper in Fort Wayne, Ind., he retired to law practice in Washington, D.C. In 1992–93 he was head of the transition team for incoming president Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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, for whom he became an influential adviser. In 2006 he served as a member of the Iraq Study Group.


See his memoir, Vernon Can Read! (2001).

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