The Nation: A Man at the Bridge

When Whitney M. Young Jr. died in Lagos, Nigeria, last March, the already depleted ranks of national civil rights leaders suffered a seemingly irreparable blow. Militant young blacks, scornful of older, more established organizations like Young's Urban League, have not produced a man with his skill as a persuasive negotiator and as a goad to whites who wield economic power. Last week the National Urban League announced the selection of a successor to Young who may well prove to be the bridge between black leaders of the past and black demands of the future. Vernon E. Jordan Jr., a black lawyer...

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