Barbara Jordan http://kcur.org en Actress Portrays Late Civil Rights Leader & Texas Congresswoman http://kcur.org/post/actress-portrays-late-civil-rights-leader-texas-congresswoman <p>Barbara Jordan was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 , the first African American congresswoman from the deep south and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate. Although she acquired a reputation as an effective legislator, Jordan did not become a national figure until 1974, when her participation in the hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Pres. Richard M. Nixon was televised nationwide. Jordan's keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention confirmed her reputation as one of the most commanding and articulate public speakers of her era.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:33:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 12890 at http://kcur.org Actress Portrays Late Civil Rights Leader & Texas Congresswoman