Vernon Jordan (Courtesy of howard.edu)

In honor of late civil rights icon and Howard University alumnus Vernon Jordan, the Law School Library at Howard University has been renamed the Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Esq. Law Library.

The unanimous decision was announced Monday by the university’s board of trustees at the behest of Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick.

“Vernon Jordan’s life embodied Howard’s motto of truth and service from his early beginnings as a lawyer to his work in the civil rights movement and later as an adviser to Presidents Reagan, Bush, Carter and most prominently as a friend and adviser to President Bill Clinton,” Frederick said in a statement announcing the decision. “Mr. Jordan is the kind of person who never met a stranger and who enjoyed mentoring students to help them succeed.”

Jordan, who died March 1 at the age of 85, was onetime president and CEO of the National Urban League Inc., executive director of the United Negro College Fund Inc., director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council and NAACP Georgia field director.

Jordan, a graduate of DePauw University, earned a Juris Doctor at Howard University School of Law in 1960 and held honorary degrees from more than 60 colleges and universities.

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