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Vernon Jordan '57 to Appear with Bill Clinton in NC

June 4, 2009

Vernon Jordan Tight 44.jpgJune 4, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "Former President Bill Clinton will be among those in Durham next week to pay homage to John Hope Franklin, the historian and civil rights pioneer who died in March," reports the News & Observer of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. "Vernon Jordan, Franklin's longtime friend and fellow civil rights leader, will speak as well." The event, "A Celebration of the Lives of John Hope and Aurelia Whittington Franklin," will take place June 11 at Duke Chapel.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Franklin to lead a national task force on race.

Access the story at the newspaper's Web site.

A 1957 graduate of DePauw and an advisory member of the University's Board of Trustees, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is the former president of the National Urban League and served as an adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter. He will appear tonight on PBS' nationally televised Tavis Smiley program to discuss "the future of capitalism, how he thinks President Obama is doing and the GOP strategy to oppose Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination," according to the show's Web site, which has a video clip Vernon Jordan 2009-Tavis.jpgavailable for viewing.

Jordan recently discussed executive compensation in an interview with the Washington Post and published the book, Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out.

Jordan has twice served as DePauw's commencement speaker, and marked the release of his memoir, Vernon Can Read!, with a speech on October 27, 2001 in which he spoke of his days as a student in Greencastle.

On June 9, 2007, Vernon Jordan delivered the silver anniversary address at his Class of 1957's 50th reunion.

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