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Barbara Jordan

Biography

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Barbara Jordan: A Legislative Pioneer

 

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Black History Month FYI: Barbara Jordan | The View

 

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Convention Speeches in History: Rep. Barbara Jordan at the 1976 DNC

 

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1996 - Death of Barbara Jordan

 

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Barbara Jordan, Longhorn Legend

Barbara Charline Jordan was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She was best known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon, and as the first African-American as well as both the first woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. She was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1978 to 1980. She was the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
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