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By Vernon Jordan Jr., Lee A. Daniels

Black american citizens have continuously trusted the oral tradition—storytelling, preaching, and speechmaking—to assert their rights and guard and cross on their historical past and tradition. within the pulpit, court docket, or cotton box, they've got understood the facility of phrases, distinctively introduced, to teach and inspire.Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., one of many nation’s best audio system, imbibed this practice as a tender guy and has given it his personal particular inflection from his paintings at the civil rights entrance traces, to the nationwide city League, to positions of impact on the optimum point of industrial and politics. a chum and confidant to presidents, Jordan hasn't ever forgotten the boys and women—from Ruby Hurley to Wiley Branton to Gardner C. Taylor to Martin Luther King, Jr.—whose oratorical ability in provider to social justice deeply encouraged him. Their examples and voices, mirrored in Vernon’s personal, make this e-book either a background and an embodiment of black speech at its best: jam-packed with emotion, managed strength, righteous indignation, love of state, and awe in entrance of the God-given demanding situations forward.

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So we are now charged to consolidate and implement the rights torn so bitterly from a reluctant nation in the s, and to bring about the economic empowerment of black people in the decade ahead. It is the achievement of such economic empowerment that must be a major goal of the Urban League in the seventies. The task of the seventies, then, is to effect that social revolution long promised and long withheld—to restructure our economy and income distribution so that there are jobs and decent living standards for all.

In part this may be because they have been walled off from the feel, the sight, and the smells of poverty. I hope that in the coming months we, at the Urban League, can inaugurate a program in which leading corporate executives will learn at first hand, from poor people and from ghetto residents themselves, what it is like to be poor and black in this America in . Our aim will be to increase their awareness of the problems and to touch their souls so that the immense power of the corporate community, and the limitless influence corporate leaders have on government policymakers, will be used, at long last, on behalf of the poor and the deprived.

In the years ahead, we at the Urban League will continue to be: forceful advocates for the cause of black people and other minorities; a result-oriented, issue-oriented organization dedicated to serving the people; yes, we will continue to be a bridge between the races, forging unity and harmony in a land torn by strife and division. It is imperative that in this noble task, we continue to seek allies where we find them, and continue to press for new ideas and new attitudes on the part of our nation’s leadership.

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