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R.I.P. Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton advisor, has died at 85

Vernon Jordan speaks during the Economic Club of Washington's 25th anniversary celebration dinner in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

According to a statement from his daughter, Vernon Jordan, a civil rights activist and former advisor to President Bill Clinton, has died. Jordan’s daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams, released the statement Tuesday to CBS News. She said her father died arond 10 p.m. Tuesday night surrounded by loved ones. After stints as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund, he became head of the National Urban League, becoming the face of black America’s modern struggle for jobs and justice for more than a decade. He was nearly killed by a racist’s bullet in 1980 before transitioning to business and politics. His friendship with Clinton took them both to the White House.


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