Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Barbara Jordan's Legacy

In honor of the first day of Black History Month, I would like to give spotlight to one of my role models, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. She is the epitome of a public speaker, the epitome of a public servant, the epitome of triumphing over disability, and the epitome of it means to break down barriers, God rest her soul. With her being from my hometown, and childhood friends of my late grandmother, I feel a personal connection with her. Her work has always inspired me to be a public servant and run for public office.

Here is a snippet from her Wikipedia biography:

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician who was both a product, and a leader, of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate after reconstruction and the first Southern black woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was an inspirational figure in the Progressive movement through her powerful public speaking and her triumphant refusal to be defined by disability. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death she became the first African-American Woman to be interred in the Texas State Cemetery. The main terminal of Austin-Bergstrom Airport is named for her.

Before President Obama, there was Congresswoman Barbara proved herself to be a prolific speaker, and her 1976 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention has been ranked number 5, in the top American speeches of the 21st century. You can find the transcript here (copy and past the URL): http://tinyurl.com/24eced or you can watch a YouTube clip below.

What an outstanding woman and an incredible inspiration!

More to come

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