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Barbara Jordan’s birthday

Barbara Jordan’s birthday

Barbara Jordan’s birthday


Originally shared by Lisa Anderson

#HappyBirthday to politician and civil rights leader Barbara Charline Jordan; born in 1936 in Houston, Texas. Jordan grew up in Houston and attended Texas Southern University, graduating in 1956. She then attended Boston University where she earned a law degree in 1959. In 1960 she helped manage an African American get out the vote campaign for the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. Jordan ran for the Texas House of Representative in 1962 and 1964, but lost both times. However, in 1966 Jordan became the first African American elected to the Texas Senate. In 1972 Jordan ran for the US House of Representative and won. When she took her seat in 1973 two other African American women did as well. Before the three of them, only one African American woman had held the position. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress) #womenshistory #BlackHistoryMonth

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