Make it Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out

Front Cover
PublicAffairs, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
1 Review
The long and storied career of Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. one of the nation's finest speakers, has carried him from work on the civil rights front lines in the South to the National Urban League to positions of influence at the highest level of business and politics. A friend and confidant to presidents, Vernon Jordan has never forgotten the men and women, from Wiley Branton to Martin Luther King, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Whitney Young to Primus King, whose oratorical skill in service to social justice deeply influenced him. Their examples, and voices, mixed with Vernon's own make this book both a history and an embodiment of black speech at its finest, full of emotion, controlled force, righteous indignation, love of country, and awe in front of the challenges ahead.

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Unfortunately there's some very sloppy editing in this book. Page 169 has a quote that is not only paraphrased, but attributed to the wong author. (It's Henry Melvill, not Herman Mellville as the book states.) This type of easily checked error doesn't bode well for the veracity of the rest of the facts in the book. 


Urban League Beginnings
New Ideas for the New South
Battling the Callousness of Political Reality
Declaring Our Interdependence
Past Gains Present Uncertainty
Our Children Our Peers
The Reagan Years
A Year of Cascading Change
Not Stilled Still Heard
Entering the Third Millennium
A True Alfalfan at Heart
Praising the Lord and the Legacy

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. is a senior managing director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC in New York. He was previously president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, executive director of the United Negro College Fund, Inc., and director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council. He served as chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team in 1992 and is senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Bibliographic information