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

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."

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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).