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AP Reports on U of Pennsylvania Commencement Address by Vernon Jordan '57

May 19, 1981

May 19, 1981, Greencastle, Ind. — "National Urban League President Vernon E. Jordan Jr., who suffered a gunshot wound last year, warned more than 3,500 of the University of Pennsylvania that they were entering a world polluted with 'pockets of hate,'" begins a nationally distributed Associated Press article. "Jordan said in a commencement address Monday that the world has changed since he graduated nearly three decades ago from DePauw University, 'but not nearly enough' -- the wrongs that still remain face the new graduates."

The story notes that Jordan received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony.

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Vernon Jordan delivered DePauw's commencement address in 1973.  Details can be found in this previous story.

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