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Vernon Jordan: Make It Plain

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Photo credit: RALPH BARRERA; SUMMIT ON RACE IN AMERICA, LBJ PRES. LIBRARY, APRIL 2019

Born in the segregated South in 1935, Vernon Jordan Jr. has ascended from a childhood spent in the country’s first African-American housing project to prominent positions of power and influence; all while maintaining his focus on the fight for civil rights and Black economic advancement. From early appointments within the NAACP to his presidency of the National Urban League in the 1970s, and from appointments at powerful law firms to his advisory role within several presidential administrations, Jordan’s influence within a variety of spheres has been far-reaching. A new feature-length documentary film directed by Dawn Porter explores this trajectory of Jordan’s life, with unprecedented access to his daily work in pursuit of a range of social justice goals.

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