1996 January 17

Barbara Jordan Dies; Feminist, Texas Civil Rights Advocate


A consistent defender of civil rights and civil liberties, Barbara Jordan was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern African-American female elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. On July 12, 1976, she became the first African-American woman to give the keynote address at a Democratic Party convention.

Jordan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from President Bill Clinton, in August 1994.

Read: Mary Beth Rogers, Barbara Jordan: American Hero (2000)

Read about the unveiling of the statue of Jordan at the University of Texas:

Watch Barbara Jordan’s Keynote Address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg7gLIx__-k

Read an oral history interview with Barbara Jordan: http://www.lbjlibrary.net/collections/oral-histories/jordan-barbara.html

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