|Vernon Jordan Jr.|
Vernon Eulion, Jr., is an African-American civil-rights leader and lawyer who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1935. A graduate of the Howard University Law School, he was executive director (1970-71) of the United Negro College Fund and president (1972-81) of the National Urban League. After being wounded (1980) by a sniper in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he retired to law practice in Washington, D.C. In 1992-93, he was head of the transition team for incoming president Bill Clinton, for whom he became an influential advisor.
Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir
by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., and Annette Gordon-Reed