Nation: One of the Great Unifying Forces in the Country

When a howling white mob tried to prevent Charlayne Hunter from entering the hitherto segregated University of Georgia in 1961, a broad-shouldered black cleared a path for her by using his 6-ft. 4½-in. body as a battering ram. He was a young (25) law clerk named Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. Since then Jordan has moderated his tactics, but he has kept on pushing just as forcefully for black rights and equal opportunity. At the same time, he has become, in the words of Mitchell Sviridoff, a vice president of the Ford Foundation,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!