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Dr. King "Would Never Let Us Forget," Vernon Jordan '57 Says in Texas Keynote Address

January 26, 2005

January 26, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Martin would see a world torn by ethnic and religious strife, our once-strong international alliances unraveling daily, terror alerts and attempts to limit our civil liberties," said Vernon Jordan in his keynote address at Austin, Texas' 2005 Martin Luther King Celebration. Jordan -- former president of the National Urban League, adviser to two presidents and 1957 graduate of DePauw University -- added, "Martin would never let us forget that every night a billion people go to bed hungry in a world of unparallel riches."

Read more about Sunday's Vernon Jordan Honorary Degree.jpgevent, which included a performance by Grammy Award winners Take 6, at News 8 Austin by clicking here.

Vernon Jordan, senior managing partner at Lazard LLC, marked the release of his memoir Vernon Can Read! with a speech at DePauw's Old Gold Convocation on October 27, 2001 (access a story with video and audio clips here).

Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "No Regrets" 346KB] "If I had it to do it over again, I would come back here," Jordan said to the crowd gathered in Kresge Auditorium. "And that's not rhetoric, that's the truth. I got a very good education, I made very good friends [and] I was able to participate in the University as a Trustee." (photo at right shows Jordan receiving an honorary degree after delivering DePauw's commencement address in 1973).

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