The Legacy of Barbara Jordan
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Dr. Karen L. Kossie-Chernyshev shares stories about the remarkable life and legacy of the legendary Barbara Jordan. Hers was a life of many firsts – the first African American elected (1966) to the Texas House of Representatives since 1883, the first African American from the South elected to U.S. Congress in 1972, and the first woman and African American to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 1976.

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From Student to Stateswoman: The Life and Legacy of Barbara Jordan

Barbara C. Jordan is known as one of the most influential women in Texas and U.S. history. She was a political trailblazer who paved the way for many people, including women and people of color. Barbara Jordan possessed skills as a speaker, advocate, and teacher.

Barbara Jordan Extension Lesson

Barbara Jordan was a known advocate for women’s rights during her lifetime. For this extension lesson, students will analyze the text of Jordan’s famous “Jack and Jill” speech in which she addresses the lack of equality between men and women during the 1970s. Students will also create a map showing places that she impacted during her career.


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