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Vernon Jordan, the former president of the National Urban League and a longtime civil rights activist, has passed away.  He was 85.

Jordan, CNN reports, "began his career fighting segregation, beginning with a lawsuit against University of Georgia's integration policy in 1961. He worked as a field director for the NAACP and as a director of the Southern Regional Council for the Voter Education Project before he became president of the president of the National Urban League."