Posted on: September 19th, 2013

Vernon Jordan


CONTACT: Trotter Collier

WASHINGTON; Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., noted author, lawyer, investment banker and former civil rights leader, will be the featured speaker at the Men’s Day Celebration at Metropolitan AME Church on Sunday, September 22. The congregation and community will convene in a single worship service at 10 a.m.

The special service, using the theme, “Mighty Men of Metropolitan: On the Solid Rock, Standing and Serving for 175 Years,” is part of Metropolitan’s year-long celebration of its l75-year history. Metropolitan, known as “the National Cathedral of African Methodism,” will also feature all men of the church, young and old; the Men’s Choir; presentation of the Legacy Award, and a full-course repast with musical entertainment. Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor, invites the entire community to attend this signal event.

Jordan is a Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. and Senior Counsel of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Earlier in his career, Jordan held positions that included: President and CEO of the National Urban League, Inc.; Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, Director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council and Georgia Field Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His presidential appointments include the President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation, the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa and the Presidential Clemency Board; In 1992, he served as the Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team. He holds a number of corporate directorships and holds honorary degrees from more than 60 American colleges and universities. Jordan is the author of Vernon Can Read! A Memoir.

Free parking is available directly across from the church and at 1615 M St. NW.