Vernon Jordan '57 Speaks at Event Honoring Late Civil Rights Activist
February 21, 2007
February 21, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "There is a leadership void to be filled," Vernon Jordan said yesterday as he spoke at the dedication of a North Carolina Central University residence hall. The building has been renamed for civil rights activist and higher education advocate Ben Ruffin, a friend of Jordan's, who died in late 2006. "The question is, who will answer?," added Jordan, an adviser to former President Clinton and 1957 graduate of DePauw University.
In today's Raleigh News & Observer, Eric Ferreri writes that Jordan views the renaming of the residence hall as "a good first step ... But to truly honor Ruffin's long legacy as a civil rights activist and supporter of higher education, the community needs to push forward with his vision for public service, said Jordan, a friend of Ruffin's and the featured speaker at an afternoon tribute to the NCCU alumnus who died of a heart attack in December."
Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.
Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC, was featured in the February 19 issue of Newsweek. Learn more in this previous article.Back