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Birth: 1936 - Death: 1996
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Barbara Jordan

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas in 1972, Barbara Jordan became the first African-American congresswoman to be elected, and re-elected, from the deep South. Before her election to Congress, she was a Texas State Senator, the first African-American woman to serve there. Jordan captured the attention of the nation during the 1974 Nixon impeachment hearings. As a member of the House Judiciary Hearings she served on the committee charged with hearing and evaluating the evidence bearing on the possible impeachment of then-President Nixon. It was on this committee that her incisive questioning and her impassioned defense of the Constitution made her a respected national figure. In l976, Barbara Jordan became the first woman and first African-American to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. In 1978 she announced that she would not seek re-election and returned to Texas as a full professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. She remained there, and became a counselor to Texas Governor Ann Richards.
Additional Sources:
Teutsch, Austin. Barbara Jordan: The Biography. Golden Touch Press, 1997.

Rogers, Mary Beth, Barbara Jordan: American Hero. Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub., 1998.

With Shelby Hearon. Barbara Jordan: A Self-Portrait. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1979.

Edited by: Sandra Parham. Barbara C. Jordan-Selected Speeches. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1999.

Keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, 1976. Sound recording, Encyclopedia Americana/CBS News Audio Resource Library, Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.
National Women's Hall Event in Chicago