Vernon Jordan '57 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Among Atlanta Schools Alumni Featured in Archives & Museum
December 12, 2005
December 12, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "The Atlanta Public Schools Archives & Museum draws connections between the school system's many accomplished alumni as it chronicles the district's rich history," notes today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Archives & Museum "recently moved from the old Howard School on John Wesley Dobbs to a former gym on the campus of the renovated New Schools of Carver, formerly Carver High." Its walls are covered from "floor to rafters with photos, paintings and artifacts" of the school district's many prominent alumni, including 1957 DePauw University graduate Vernon Jordan, Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson, Gladys Knight and Evander Holyfield.
"The museum is a testament to African-Americans who succeeded at a time when opportunities were few," writes Patti Ghezzi. "Scholars from as far away as South Africa have come to research integration."
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Vernon Jordan is the former president of the National Urban League and served as an adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter. He is senior managing director of Lazard LLC. Jordan, an advisory member of DePauw's Board of Trustees, 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 (access a story with video and audio clips here). More recently, this fall Jordan co-chaired DePauw Discourse 2005 and made a presentation on "Civility and Politics."
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