Barbara Jordan

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Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was born on February 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas and died on January 17, 1996 in Austin, Texas.

Barbara Jordan became the first African-American Texas State Senate. She failed twice before she succceed.

After a couple of years, Barbara Jordan became the FIRST southern black female to be elected to be the United States House of Representative. While she was in Congress she worked on legislation promoting women’s right.

Jordan went to Texas Southern University and graduated in 1956 and continued her education in Boston University School of Law and graduated in the same year, 1959.

In July 25, 1974, Barbara Jordan gave the 15 minutes opening statement of the Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing for Richard Nixon. Two years later, she was asked to deliver the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

In 1992, Barbara Jordan was invited to give her second Democratic Convention keynote address. 1993, she was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, given by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 1994, she was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom. 1995, she was awarded U. S MIlitary Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award.

In 1979, Jordan retired from Congress and became a professor at Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

By: Evanna Huynh

On July 10, 1972, Barbara Jordan was elected to serve as Governor of the Day. Five months later, Jordan ran for Congress as the Democratic nominee for Houston's 18th District and she won.


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