From Texas to Congress and Convention: Barbara Jordan born 21 February 1936

Barbara Charline Jordan was born on February 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas. The daughter of Arlyne and Benjamin Jordan, Barbara was the youngest of three children. Her mother was a public speaker and her father was the pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. After attending Roberson Elementary School, Jordan attended Phyllis Wheatley High School and graduated in 1952. Upon graduation, she went to Texas Southern University and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1956. She then went to Boston University to get her law degree. Once she passed her law exam called the “bar,” Jordan began practicing law in Houston Texas. For her first job, she worked as an administrative assistant for a county judge. That same year, she began working on the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas in 1972, Barbara Jordan became the first African-American congresswoman to be elected, and re-elected, from the deep South. Before her election to Congress, she was a Texas State Senator, the first African-American woman to serve there.

Jordan captured the attention of the nation during the 1974 Nixon impeachment hearings. As a member of the House Judiciary Hearings she served on the committee charged with hearing and evaluating the evidence bearing on the possible impeachment of then-President Nixon. It was on this committee that her incisive questioning and her impassioned defense of the Constitution made her a respected national figure..

While the world watched during the Impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon, Barbara Jordan boldly took center stage. As a lawyer, a congresswoman, and a scholar, Jordan used her public speaking skills to fight for civil and human rights. In 1972, Jordan became the first African American woman to be elected to Congress from the South since 1898.

In l976, Barbara Jordan became the first woman and first African-American to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. In 1978 she announced that she would not seek re-election and returned to Texas as a full professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. She remained there, and became a counselor to Texas Governor Ann Richards. Her many honors included the Presidential  Medal of Freedom

On January 17, 1996, Barbara Jordan died from pneumonia, a complication of leukemia.

PLAYLIST Includes ===
Arist(s) Name,Track Name
Delbert McClinton , Lone Star Blues
The Vaughan Brothers , Good Texan
Willie Nelson , Texas
Slaid Cleaves , Texas Love Song
Pat Green , Texas On My Mind
Asleep At The Wheel , Miles and Miles of Texas
Cody Johnson , Texas Kind of Way
Josh Abbott Band; Pat Green , My Texas (feat. Pat Green)
Billy Joe Shaver , Wacko from Waco
Stevie Ray Vaughan , Texas Flood
Jason Aldean , Texas Was You
Ronnie Dunn , How Far To Waco
Texas Tornados , Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone
Seven Miles South , Texas Rain
Whiskey Myers , Lonely East Texas Nights
Mark Chesnutt , Blame It On Texas
Waylon Jennings , Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
Steve Earle , Home To Houston
Jerry Jeff Walker , Wingin’ it Home to Texas
Merle Haggard , Texas
Kevin Fowler , 100% Texan
Gary P. Nunn , Austin Pickers
Jimmy LaFave , Austin After Midnight
Doug Moreland , Heaven Or Austin
Nanci Griffith , Lone Star State Of Mind
Doug Sahm , Mendocino
Max Stalling , Dime Box, TX
Billy O’Rourke , Idalou
Aaron Watson , Lonely Lubbock Lights
Steve Earle; The Del McCoury Band , Texas Eagle
John Baumann , Bible Belt
Robert Earl Keen , Corpus Christi Bay
Jerry Jeff Walker , Leavin’ Texas
George Strait; Dean Dillon , West Texas Town
Ed Burleson , Goin’ Home to Texas
Sons Of Fathers , Flatland
Red Dirt Roots; Ben Walter & Friends , Idalou
Kyle Park , Anywhere In Texas
Austin Lounge Lizards , Stupid Texas Song
Jerry Reed , Texas Bound and Flyin’ (from the Motion Picture “Smokey and the Bandit II”)
George Strait , Texas Cookin’
Asleep At The Wheel , Way Down Texas Way
Gary P. Nunn , What I Like About Texas

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