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.
Barbara Jordan, politician, star debater at Texas State University, served in Texas state legislature 1962-72, elected to the House of Representatives 1973-78 where she sponsored expanding the coverage of the Voting Rights Act and voted to impeach Nixon, taught 17 years at University of Texas, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994)
Today in Black History - July 12, 1976 Texas Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan became the first African American to give the keynote address at a political convention by speaking at the Democratic Convention. Congresswoman Jordan was also a leader of the Civil Rights movement, 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.
Today in honor of Women's History Month, we salute Barbara Jordan, civil rights leader and the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate post Reconstruction and first African American southerner elected to the US House of Representatives. Prior to becoming a state senator, Jordan was a political science professor at Tuskeegee Institute. (via NAACP)