BARBARA JORDAN

Artist: June Howard

 

Barbara Jordan

Born: February 21, 1936

Died: January 17, 1996

Occupation: Politician and Activist

 

Barbara Jordan was the first Southern African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, from January 3, 1973 to January 3, 1979.

 

As a member of the Judiciary Committee, on July 25, 1974 she delivered a 15-minute televised speech in front of the members of the Committee. This speech is thought to be one of the best speeches of the 20th Century.

 

She strongly stood by the Constitution of the United States and defended the checks and balances

system which was set up to inhibit any politician from abusing their power.

 

She impressed many young women with her actions and leadership in the Civil Rights movement and I was one of them.

 

- June Howard