BARBARA JORDAN (1936-1996) - Noted for excellence in oratory and constitutional law, she was the 1st African American elected to the Texas legislature (1966) and in 1972, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South (D-TX). Re-elected to Congress twice, in 1977, she declined to run again and became a professor of government at the University of Texas. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1994 and was honored with a U.S. postage stamp in…
Barbara Jordan (1936 – 1996) was a leader of the Civil rights movement and later became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Among other notable achievements, Jordan introduced legislature to extend the state ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, and campaigned to include Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans when extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and supported the Community Reinvestment Act.
I think that Barbara Jordan (1936-1976) was one of the most remarkable women in our history. She was the first African American since Reconstruction to serve in the Texas Senate and then the first African American woman from the South to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.