Vernon Jordan

(Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr.)

Vernon Jordan
Vernon Jordan
  • Born: August 15, 1935
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Attorney, Business Executive Civil Rights Activist

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Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he was chosen by President Bill Clinton as a close adviser. Jordan has become known as an influential figure in American politics.

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Compared to this [the transition] the election was easy. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Our nation cannot call for respect for human rights when it lacks the moral courage to save its own cities, its own poor, its own minorities whose rights are trampled upon. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Policies absent people have no meaning. Management & Managing Government
Unless we labor to help others achieve a reasonable stake in society, we may find ourselves losing the society in which we have too great a stake. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We have a bad habit. We buy what we want and beg what we need. Miscellaneous
A lot of companies make diversity a part of the performance goals against which an executive gets paid. Just as you have to make a certain sales number, you have to make a diversity number to get your bonus.
But there will come a time and a place to give back, and each individual will recognize that time and place. Time
Every company, every boardroom in which I sit, has a plan, and they have objectives, goals, and a process. And to make it work, the pressure and incentive have to come from the top. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I had a sense of what leadership meant and what it could do for you. So am I surprised that I am sitting up here on the 62nd floor of Rockefeller Plaza? No. Leaders & Leadership
I'm here because I stand on many, many shoulders, and that's true of every black person I know who has achieved.
My mother was the president of the PTA at every school I attended.
September 11 stands on its own as a terrible tragedy.
Terrorism is not new to black people.
The last job I applied for was to be a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority in 1957.
What I know about this world is that white people will take care of themselves. And what I have learned is that if you are where they are on an equal basis, they cannot take care of themselves without taking care of you.
You have to be careful how you're using the word boycott.

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