Vernon Jordan to Speak at Historic D.C. Church's Annual Fete

9/3/2013, 2:49 p.m.
Vernon Jordan

Former presidential adviser and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan will be the guest speaker at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church's annual Men's Day on Sept. 22, 2013 during a commemorative service at 10 a.m.

The church, located few blocks from the White House at 1518 M Street NW, was founded in 1838. President Barack Obama and the first family have worshiped twice at the Metropolitan, including the Sunday of his second inauguration.

The event is one of several in a yearlong celebration of the historic church's 175th anniversary.

Jordan, a longtime member of Metropolitan A.M.E. church, is currently the managing director of investment bank Lazard Freres & Co., and senior counsel of law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He was president of the National Urban League from 1971 to 1981, and became a trusted adviser to President Bill Clinton.

His autobiography, "Vernon Can Read: A Memoir," was published in 2001.