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(Washington, DC) – Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and former president of the National Urban League passed away Monday evening. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“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. 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.

We send our deepest condolences to his family.  In his memory, we will continue to fight for equal justice for all.”