Who Was Barbara Jordan?

  Who was Barbara Jordan? A basic Internet search will tell you that she was “an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement.” Who was Barbara Jordan? If you dig a little deeper, you will find that she “was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 – the first African-American congresswoman to come from the deep South and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate (1966).” Who was Barbara Jordan? Molly Ivins said, “Barbara had a really strong sense that never deserted her of who she was and who she was fighting for. She was always on the side of people who never got a fair break, and she was absolutely convinced that this system, this democracy, if it lived up to its ideals, would provide liberty and justice for all, and she never wavered in that faith, and she worked like hell to make it come true.” Who was Barbara Jordan? I think about her a lot. I was first introduced to her in 2005, while attending a high school leadership conference in Washington D.C. I was assigned to a room named after her, but I knew nothing about her. When I got home I asked my parents why a room would be named after a person named Barbara Jordan. My parents were mortified – they had let me go...

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