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Vernon Jordan '57 on Kerry and the Black Vote

July 14, 2004

July 14, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Civil rights legend Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. is quoted in a Black Enterprise article that analyzes John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his running mate. Jordan, a 1957 DePauw University graduate who is serving as Kerry's lead debate negotiator (read more here) says, "The black community is going to have a decisive role in this election, as it has in elections in the past. I am confident that this team will not take the black vote for granted, that it will seek it out, that it will respond to the needs and aspirations and rage of black people in this country."

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Vernon Jordan is senior managing director of Lazard LLC and former president of the National Urban League. He served as an adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter, and in 2001 published Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir. In May, he delivered the commencement address at Penn State University (read more here).

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