Great Black Women in HistoryStaying informed is half the battle...


Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan


Share



Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician who was both a product, 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 woman ever elected to the US 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 interred in the Texas State Cemetery The main terminal of Austin-Bergstrom Airport is named for her Barbara C Jordan is best remembered for her defense of the Constitution during the impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon in 1974 Jordan's reputation as a national leader was heightened by her involvement in the House Judiciary Committee and the hearings that resulted in the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

However, Jordan's political career spans several decades and includes her service in the Texas Senate, the House of Representatives and as a presidential and gubernatorial adviser Jordan's career demonstrates her commitment to fairness and to legislation that protects the underserved and underrepresented populations of the United States Barbara C Jordan was born on February 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas Following her graduation from Texas Southern University in 1956, Jordan went on to Boston University Law School where she graduated in 1959 Jordan's political involvement began in 1960 when she became active in the Kennedy/Johnson presidential campaign Six years later in 1966, Jordan became the first African American woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate where she served from 1966-1972 Jordan's tenure in the Texas Senate was notable She was the first African American to chair a majority committee, Labor and Management Relations in the Texas Senate As a senator, she sponsored Workman's Compensation Act, which increased the maximum benefits paid to injured workers.

In March of 1972, Jordan was unanimously elected president pro tempore of the Texas Legislature In June of that same year, she was named Governor for a day Jordan's Congressional career began in 1972 with her election as a representative of Houston's 18th Ward in the United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Jordan served as a representative from January 3, 1973 to January 3, 1979 (93rd-95th Congresses) She was the first African American person to represent Texas and the first African American woman to represent a southern state in the United States House of Representatives Her committee assignments included the Judiciary and Government Operations Committees In 1974, Jordan served on the influential House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment hearings As a result of her landmark statements in defense of the Constitution, the American public recognized her legislative leadership Jordan's leadership in Congress included her sponsorship of legislation to renew and expand the Voting Rights Act and the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 as well as legislation that required banks to lend and make services available to underserved poor and minority communities In 1976, Barbara Jordan became the first woman and first African American to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In 1979, she retired from her career as a public servant and returned to Texas as a full professor at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Although retired, she remained heavily involved in politics In 1987 she spoke out against the Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork In 1992 she was asked to be keynote speaker again at the Democratic National Convention Jordan also chaired a congressional commission that advocated increased restriction of immigration and increased penalties on employers that violated US immigration regulations in 1995 Jordan was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1970's On January 17, 1996 Barbara Jordan died of complications from pneumonia She laid in state at the Lyndon B Johnson Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin for a public good-bye.

Her papers are housed at the Barbara Jordan Archives at her alma mater, Texas Southern University.



 
B Jordan impeachment speech
The caption that says 1971 is a typo. The speech was given in 1974.
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan, Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, 1976, part 1
Part one of Barbara Jordan's historic Democratic National Convention keynote speech in 1976. Jordan made history by being the first African American woman to deliver keynote speeches at a...
Watch Video
Watergate Scandal Hearings - Barbara Jordan TX Representing!!
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research....
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan Keynote Address to 1976 Democratic National Convention
Renown orator Barbara Jordan delivers the Keynote Address to the delegates of the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Excerpt taken from Great Speeches Volume 4 from Educational Video Group,...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan: A Legislative Pioneer
The Barbara Jordan Archives at Texas Southern University in Houston preserve the legacy of Barbara Jordan—the first African American senator elected after Reconstruction, the first African...
Watch Video
HAM Slice 10 - Barbara Jordan
In 1966 Barbara Jordan was the first African American woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate. Later in her career she was described by the Washington Post as "the first black woman everything."
Watch Video
The Gospel Train by Barbara Jordan.wmv
Former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan with the Royal phiharmonic Orchestra of London.
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan Moments
A mini documentary in recognition of Black History Month Produced by LaMonde Howard Edited by Cameron Lee a Reel Thought Production in association with TSU Television.
Watch Video
LGBT Snapshots: Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan was a civil rights activist and accomplished political figure. Check out my personal writings at www.SnapshotsOfChad.com Graphics and editing by www.PixelZestStudio.com.
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan sworn in as Governor for a Day in Texas | June 10, 1972
State Senator Barbara Jordan was sworn in as Governor for a Day in Texas at a special ceremony at the Capitol.
Watch Video
1995: Barbara Jordan on Immigration Reform
10/29/16 - For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/BlackAndBlondeMedia/?fref=ts http://www.blackandblondemedia.com/ FAIR USE The use of media materials is protected by the Fair...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan speaks at the 1992 Democratic Convention
Barbara Jordan speaks at the 1992 Democratic Convention in New York, NY.
Watch Video
Ann Richards Eulogy of Barbara Jordan
Texas Governor Ann Richards delivers a heart felt and exceptional eulogy of Barb. Excerpt taken from Great Speeches Volume 12 from Educational Video Group, Inc. available at http://www.evgonline.com.
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder - Max Sherman
Max Sherman, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. speaks at the Dole Institute about friend and former Congresswoman...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan on Impeachment, July 25, 1974
No Description Available
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan: A Tribute
Produced by Knightly News at Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men in Houston, TX. Barbara Jordan was a trailblazer. Not only was she the first black woman ever elected to...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan Judiciary Committee Watergate 1974
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research....
Watch Video
Around The Town Sights - Barbara Jordan
For Women's History Month a look at the state cemetery and Barbara Jordan, first Black elected to the TX senate since reconstruction, first Black woman elected to the US house, first Black...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordans address at the LBJ Library (1988)
Professor Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) addresses a conference at the LBJ Library, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. After an introduction by Lodis Rhodes (associate Dean of Research at LBJ...
Watch Video
Barbara Jordan HS for Careers Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new $36.6 million Barbara Jordan HS for Careers.
Watch Video