Vernon Jordan, a civil rights icon and advisor to former President Bill Clinton, died on Monday, according to his family

“We appreciate the outpouring of love and affection,” she said in a statement on Tuesday

Jordan, born August 15, 1935 in Atlanta, grew up in the Separated South and became an influential leader in the American civil rights movement, Washington politics, and Wall Street

Graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.From 1971 to 1981 he was president of the National Urban League

According to the organization, he was the first to write the Black America State Report in 1976, “after both President Gerald Ford’s State of the Union address and Sen. Edmund Muskie’s response completely ignored the crisis that black Americans were facing. “

Under his leadership, the organization added 17 more chapters and increased its budget to over $ 100 million. It also broadened its focus to include voter registration campaigns and black-law enforcement conflict resolution
The high profile position put him in the crosshairs of a racist in Fort Wayne, Indiana in May 1980. Jordan was shot with a hunter rifle outside his hotel after returning from dinner after giving a speech

Jordan had five surgeries and was visited by President Jimmy Carter in the hospital during his three month recovery

Joseph Paul Franklin, a self-confessed white supremacist who went on a cross-country rampage against blacks and Jews from 1977 to 1980, later admitted to having shot Jordan.He was never prosecuted in Jordan’s case but was prosecuted in 2013 killed for another murder in Missouri

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, remembered him as one of the “top transformation leaders” in civil rights, politics and economics

“The nation has lost one of its greatest champions of racial and economic justice,” he said in a statement. “He was a transformation leader who brought the movement into a new era. He was a personal mentor and dear friend. His death leaves one behind.” enormous emptiness that can never be filled “

Morial went on to say that without Jordan the organization would not be where it is today

Jordan was also executive director of the United Negro College Fund in 1980 and 1981. In a tweet, the organization’s president, Michael Lomax, described Jordan’s death as a “heartbreaking loss” and thought about when the two had last seen each other

“My last meeting with the Great Vernon Jordan in his DC office for advice and advice on a difficult subject the UNCF is facing,” he signed a photo of them together

“He was always there for @UNCF, for #HBCU’s & Black College students He loved remembering Benjamin Mays, Albert Dent &, great HBCU presidents he knew”

The civil rights activist was influential in politics as well, becoming a key advisor to Clinton during his first presidential campaign and the co-chair of Clinton’s transition team. He was the first black man to be assigned such a role

His friendship with Clinton, which began in the 1970s, evolved into a partnership and political alliance. He met Clinton as a young politician in Arkansas, and the two bonded over their southern roots and poor upbringing

Although Jordan did not hold an official role in the Clinton White House, he was very influential and had such labels as “first friend”. He turned to Colin Powell to become Secretary of State and encouraged Clinton to break the 1993 NAFTA agreement To say goodbye Jordan also secured a job at Revlon for Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern whose affair with the president sparked a scandal

Jordan’s actions briefly caught the attention of federal prosecutors investigating Clinton’s actions, but he was ultimately not mentioned in a final report from Special Prosecutor Ken Starr

In 2000, Jordan joined New York investment firm Lazard Freres & Co as Senior Managing Partner

The following year, he published an autobiography titled Vernon Can Read !: A Memoir. Also in 2001, Jordan received the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor the NAACP bestows on a black American for excellence

He has received more than 55 honorary degrees, including one of two of his Alma affairs, and has served on several boards of directors

Jordan’s first wife, Shirley Yarbrough Jordan, died in December 1985. He is survived by his daughter and second wife, Ann Jordan

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