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(1936-1996) was an attorney and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 18 district. Jordan became the FIRST African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
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.
Barbara Jordan was the 1st woman ever elected to the Texas State Senate in 1966. She went on to become the 1st African American woman from the Deep South to serve in Congress and, at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, was the 1st African American woman to deliver the keynote speech. Jordan dedicated her career to helping minority & disadvantaged groups. | www.nwhm.org | National Women's History Museum | #BarbaraJordan #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth #AfricanAmericanWomen #WomensHistory #NWHM
Barbara Jordan at the Austin, Texas airport -- The first, life sized statue of the late Barbara Jordan resides in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Created by California artist Bruce Wolfe, the bronze sculpture depicts Jordan seated, in deep thought, with her finger tips pressed together; her glasses and a book placed in her lap.
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…