A black and white photo of Vernon Jordan sitting at some microphones during a press conference with the National Urban League.
In this July 27, 1977 file photo, Vernon Jordan, President of the National Urban League, talks to reporters during a press conference in Washington. Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, died Monday, March 1, 2021, according to a statement from his daughter. He was 85.
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Wednesday on Political Rewind: Reforms or restrictions? That's the question on the latest bundle of laws that would change the way Georgians vote. Voting access advocates are expressing concerns this legislation will make voting harder, and describe it as an attempt at voter suppression by state Republicans.

But first, we remember the life of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. The Atlanta-born activist and powerbroker fought to desegregate Georgia’s universities and later served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton. He passed away Monday night at the age of 85 at his family home.


Greg Bluestein — Politics Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sen. Jen Jordan — State Senator, (D-Atlanta)

Dr. Alan Abramowitz — Professor of Political Science, Emory University

Leo Smith — GOP strategist and Founder, Engaged Futures Group