Queer Women History Forgot: Barbara Jordan | GO Magazine
Jordan was born in Houston, Texas. She passed the Bar Exams in Massachusetts and Texas before returning to Houston to open a law practice. Active in the Kennedy-Johnson presidential campaign of , Jordan wanted to be a part of the change. She unsuccessfully ran for the Texas House of Representatives in and Her persistence won her a seat in the Texas Senate in , becoming the first African American state senator since and the first black woman to serve in that body.
Early in , the House Judiciary Committee began an impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States over the Watergate scandal. The words? Her statement is universally considered to be one of the greatest speeches in American history. The voice, though? The voice, it was magical.
Barbara Jordan: This winter, two beloved figures in my life died: Barbara Jordan, who I didn't know personally, and E. Both of their pictures hang on my study wall at home. Their lives are linked for me just as are their deaths, which occurred within a month of each other. Barbara Jordan, whose name is familiar to you, was a national figure who commanded great respect.