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Vernon Jordan, a trailblazing and influential civil rights leader in the fields of law, business and Washington politics, died Monday, according to reports. Jordan was 85 years old. His cause of death was not immediately reported.
Jordan, who as a young man was named as president of the National Urban League, was a proud graduate of the Howard University School of Law before going on to achieve major success that included a close friendship with Bill Clinton.
“Jordan joined the effort to desegregate colleges and universities and helped lead black student Charlayne Hunter through a group of whites protesting the University of Georgia’s integration policy in 1961. He was named field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Georgia (1961–63) and then became director of the Southern Regional Council for the Voter Education Project (1964–68). By 1966 Jordan’s political influence was evident through his participation in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil rights conference. As director of the United Negro College Fund in 1970, he raised $10 million in contributions that benefited African American institutions. While serving as president of the National Urban League (1972–81), Jordan joined corporate boards such as American Express and Dow Jones, thereby using business connections to press the case for minority hiring and advancement.”
The National Urban League sent an email of condolences to NewOne mourning Jordan’s death.
“The nation has lost one of its greatest champions of racial and economic justice. He was a transformational leader who brought the movement into a new era. He was a personal mentor and dear friend. His passing leaves a tremendous void that can never be filled,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said in a statement.
Morial added later:
“The National Urban League would not be where it is today without Vernon Jordan. We have lost more than a leader; we have lost a brother. We send our prayers to his wife Ann, his daughter Vikee, and his entire family and extended family as we rededicate our commitment to his vision of justice and equality.”
Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in an email to NewsOne that his organization will keep fighting for the ideals that Jordan upheld in life.
“Vernon Jordan was a giant in the civil rights community and in our nation overall. From his work fighting segregation in Georgia and working at the NAACP, to leading the National Urban League and advising world leaders, he devoted his life and career to pushing our country to live up to its most important promises,” Hewitt said in a statement. “He had a rare understanding of politics, people, and power, and he used his insights to make connections once thought impossible and to make a better way for everyone.”
This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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Continue reading Rest In Power: Notable Black Folks Who We’ve Lost In 2021
Rest In Power: Notable Black Folks Who We've Lost In 2021
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While death is inevitably a part of life, that truth doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to those who have died.
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Keep reading to learn more about the notable Black lives that we've lost in 2021.
Martha White, a freedom fighter of the last century died on June 5 at the age of 99, the Associated Press reports. White's refusal to give up her seat on a crowded Baton Rouge, Lousisiana, bus after a hard day of work in 1953 helped launch a mass bus boycott in the capital city. White was later joined by another Black woman domestic worker and civil rights activist Rev. T.J. Jemison, who helped reinforce that White was within her legal right due to a recently passed ordinance that desegregated buses.
The movement also provided a framework for the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks refused to move to the designated "colored" seating on a city bus two years later in 1955.
Sanyika Shakur, a former street gang leader known as "Monster" Kody Scott who reformed his life of crime as detailed in a memoir he wrote in prison that shot to the top of the New York Times Best Selling list of books, has died, HipHopWired reported. Neither the date nor cause of death was immediately announced.
Shakur was able to turn his life around following a murderous existence as a member of the notorious Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles and become a motivational speaker. The converted Muslim once admitted during a high-profile interview on "60 Minutes" that he relished the role of being a respected and reputed gang leader who was feared and could give orders -- including to kill -- with obedient impunity.
The same man who said he had killed multiple people was also notable for his undeniable charisma, charm and introspective intelligence, as displayed in the "60 Minutes" interview he conducted as his autobiography, "Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member," was being released in 1993.
During the interview -- which was conducted from prison while he was serving a seven-year sentence -- Shakur shrewdly questioned whether his offenses were any worse than, say, Oliver North's war crimes for which the National Security Council staff member got no prison time for his Iran–Contra crimes.
Born Kody Scott in 1963, Shakur described his gang-affiliated life in cinematic terms while living an insulated lifestyle within South Central while engaging in turf wars over what he would later describe as a duel for respect based on "nothing."
The New York Times called Shakur's autobiography "shockingly raw" in a book review in 1993, and anyone who has read it must surely agree.
One of the more tame passages underscores how ruthless of a lifestyle Shakur and his fellow Eight-Tray Crips were living.
"Only when I had put work in could I feel good that day, otherwise I couldn't sleep," Shakur wrote in his book. "Work does not always constitute shooting someone, though this is the ultimate. Anything from wallbangin' (writing your set name on a wall, advertising) to spitting on someone to fighting -- it's all work. And I was a hard worker."
Shakur's ability to reform his life from negative to positive was nothing short of remarkable.
Moguldum called "Monster" a must-read and named it as one of the top 10 books that helped scale political and cultural consciousness in the 1990s.
Shakur maintained that he remained a target of law enforcement even after reforming his lifestyle. It was in that context that Shakur was arrested in 2007 for, as NPR reported, "allegedly breaking into a man's home in December and beating him in order to steal his car."
At the time, Shakur was on the LAPD's most wanted list.
Then-Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton all but rejoiced at the arrest.
Shakur once explained in vivid detail during an interview with BET how he got his nickname.
"The name came from a beating that I had given a guy," Shakur said. "We had robbed him, and the dude hit me in the face. Then we chased him and beat him, and stomped him and disfigured him. And the pigs, police, were saying that whoever had did this to this cat was a monster. And the look on the people's faces when I came back to the hood that night — it was just power. And I felt it. And I just took that name."
Keep reading to learn more about some of the other notable Black people who have died this year.