"#BarbaraJordan, the first African-American woman elected to #Congress, broke numerous glass ceilings throughout her career, but she remained in the closet the entire time. Even before winning her Congressional seat, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a fellow Texan, invited Jordan to the White House to preview his 1967 #CivilRights agenda. After four years in Congress, Jordan gave the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 1976 becoming the the first African-American woman to do so.
She was a #lawyer, #educator, and #politician and as a #Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after #Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She was best-known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors and was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1978 to 1980.
After a battle with multiple sclerosis in 1979, Jordan reentered public work, most notably her appointment to the Commission on #Immigration Reform by President Bill Clinton in 1994. She was the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. After her death at 59 in 1996, The Advocate investigated the life of Jordan and longtime companion Nancy Earl. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackGirlMagic #MelaninMagic #womensrights #LGBTQ #activist #Texan #DNC #politics #SouthernMade #Morethanpeanuts