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Barbara Jordan

1936 - 1996


By  Tanesha P.   - Gotha Middle School, Windermere, Florida.

Barbara Jordan was born on February 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas. She attended Phyllis Wheatly High School, where she was president of the National Honor Society. She graduated from Texas Southern University, and received a law degree from Boston University where she was the only women in the class of 128 students. She was the firs Democratic black women elected to the U.S. Congress from the south, she was on the Judiciary Committee to consider impeachment of the President Richard M. Nixon, and she was a keynote speaker at the democratic National Convention.

After receiving a law degree from Boston University, what was next in Barbara Jordan's life? She debated whether to take the bar exam for Massachusetts and Texas. She passed the bar exam for both states. The campaign of John Kennedy for President and Lyndon Johnson for Vice-President was under way. She helped with forty precincts in Harris County. By the time the campaign had ended, the political bug had bitten Barbara Jordan. She remained active with the Harris County Democrats and began to screen candidates for local offices. In 1962 and 1964, she ran for Texas House of Representatives and was defeated both times. After being defeated twice she won and was the first black women in the Texas Legislation.

From 1966 to 1972 she was the first black women to serve in the Texas Senate. While on this committee as Senator, Barbara Jordan was a part of the impeachment of the President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, for the Watergate break in. The night of impeachment Barbara broke through her interpreter. On national television she presented her position on the impeachment of the president of the United States. This was the first time she had reached her audience with no one in the middle, and they were impressed.

During the International Woman's Year, at a conference at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, November 10, 1973, Barbara Jordan gave a speech that summarized her thinking on the injustices to women and about their own ability to lift themselves by force of will to equality.

Barbara Jordan was one of the most outstanding people of this century. She believed in working hard and achieving great things in her life by setting high goals for her self. She accomplished dreams that others thought were impossible.


Barbara Jordan: A Self- Portrait
Written by Barbara Jordan and Shelby Hearon
Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City, New York -1779

The World Book Encyclopedia J Volume 11 World Book, Inc.,Copyright 1984
Comptom's Learning Company Version 4.1 MP l992-1995 Compton's New Media. Inc.- 1996 Edition

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