Vernon Jordan, who was a very well-known American civil rights movement activist, has died on Monday at the age of 85. The confirmation of this unfortunate news was done by his law firm in a statement that was released on Tuesday.
Vernon Jordan Passes Away at 85
Along with the activist and influential leader in the American civil rights movement, Vernon Jordan was also an American business executive and a close adviser of President Bill Clinton.
Citing his family statements, many media reports have confirmed that he died Monday night. Talking to CNBC and New York Times reporters, Vickee Jordan, Vernon Jordan’s daughter stated that his father passed away last evening “peacefully surrounded by loved ones.” She also thanked them for the love and support their family is getting from others, “We appreciate all of the outpourings of love and affection.”
The Legal Defend Fund of NAACP also said in a recent statement that it was “deeply saddened” by Vernon Jordan’s death. Mr. Jordan at NAACP has also served on the board of directors and it further stated that he was a very respected attorney as well as a great leader “who helped drive the advancement of America’s civil rights over a venerable career.”
Jordan was a very powerful and respected activist that he is the only black person who has taken part in more than a few Bilderberg conferences. He was also a close friend as well as a political adviser to Bill Clinton. In the time period of 1992 to 1993, soon after Clinton was elected as president, Jordan was appointed to serve the President Bill Clinton as a part of the transition team.
Jordan was also once shot and seriously wounded on May 29, 1980. At that moment, he was outside the Marriott Inn in Fort Wayne along with Martha Coleman. The present Jimmy Carter of that time also visited Jordan while he was recovering at the hospital and this became quite a big story of that era. The culprit Joseph Paul Franklin, who was a white supremacist sniper, was the one who shot Jordan and was later convicted for his serious acts.
He has also worked at the Akin Gump international law and lobbying firm, located in Washington as well as with the Lazard financial management firm, which is located in New York. He was going back and forth into his 80s between the jobs. The law firms where he had worked also showed their deepest condolence after hearing the news of his death.
Talking about his personal life, Mr. Jordan married his first wife Shirley Jordan, who died in the year 1985. She was survived by one daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams, which they both had together. Later in the year 1986, he married to his second wife Ann Dibble.