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Today Is Barbara Jordan Day

Posted by MEC on February 21, 2007

Barbara Jordan was born February 21, 1936.

In 1972, she was elected to the United States House of Representatives, becoming the first black woman from a Southern state to serve in the House. She received extensive support from former President Lyndon Johnson, who helped her secure a position on the House Judiciary Committee.

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In 1974, she made an influential televised speech before the House Judiciary Committee supporting the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

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Her legislative accomplishments include the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and expansion of that act to cover language minorities. This extended protection to Hispanics in Texas which was opposed by Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe and Secretary of State Mark White.

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Her speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention is considered by many historians to have been the best convention keynote speech in modern history.

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She sponsored the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, legislation that required banks to lend and make services available to underserved poor and minority communities.

Ms. Jordan died in 1996.

I wish we had her eloquence, courage, and rock-solid integrity today.

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