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Vernon Jordan '57 Among Candidates Recommended to Lead NAACP

Vernon Jordan '57 Among Candidates Recommended to Lead NAACP

December 6, 2004

December 6, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition and chair of the NAACP's board of directors, is proposing a list of candidates "to replace Kweisi Mfume, who resigned Tuesday as the organization's president and chief executive officer," notes the Baltimore Sun. The individuals he has recommended include "prominent Washington lawyer and Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan," a 1957 graduate of DePauw University. Jordan is the former president of the National Urban League and a noted leader in the civil rights movement.

Other potential leaders for the NAACP mentioned in the story include: departing U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund; historian John Hope Franklin; Rachel Robinson, the wife of baseball great Jackie Robinson and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; Ronald B. Sobel, senior rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York; and Frank H. Wu, dean of Wayne State University Law School in Michigan. Ivan Penn writes, "Meyers, who served as assistant director to NAACP giants Roy Wilkins and Benjamin Hooks, said he believes the next president must have the 'intellect, vision, fund-raising and managerial skills to lead the nation's largest civil rights organization well into the 21st century ... in a nonpartisan fashion, free and independent of political factions.'"

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Read more about Vernon Jordan and his experiences at DePauw in this story.