By Maggie S
Barbara Jordan was born in 1936. She grew up in a poor black neighborhood in Houston, Texas and was the daughter of a Baptist Minister. She graduated from Texas Southern University in 1956, and continued her studies at Boston University Law School. She died in 1996
Her Political Career
Barbara Jordan won a seat in the Texas Legislature in 1996, becoming the first black woman to do so. She worked to create the Texas Fair Employment Practices Commision and in 1972 her fellow lawmakers voted her in for the president pro tempore of the state senate. Later in the year, Barbara won the election to the US House Of Representatives.
Barbara worked all the time and persevered.
"I am not..."
"I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution," -Barbara Jordan.
Barbara Jordan was always working towards greatness and never gave up.