Coming to PBS today, Monday, December 28:
VERNON JORDAN: MAKE IT PLAIN
PBS broadcast (Dec 2020)
A portrait of the influential civil rights leader and businessman.
Born in segregated Atlanta in the 1930s, Vernon Jordan was inspired by successful Black role models like the presidents of various HBCUs to seek higher education, becoming one of a handful of Black students at Indiana’s DePauw University and later earning a law degree at Howard. After a successful career as an attorney, he turned his attention to civil rights activism, taking leadership roles in the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Urban League, among other organizations; served as advisors to US presidents, most notably Bill Clinton; and, significantly, turned his attention to the corporate world, advocating for greater diversity and inclusion on the boards of directors for major institutions – the latter has led Henry Louis Gates to call Jordan “the Rosa Parks of Wall Street.” Filmmaker Dawn Porter succinctly relates Jordan’s background and achievements, while also capturing his charismatic personality and his ongoing commitment to mentoring and encouraging the advancement of Black people.