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"When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened," Selections from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

March 25, 2009

Austin, Texas – "When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened," Selections from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, will be on display at the Perry-Castañeda Library from March 27 to June 1. The exhibit is co-hosted with The University of Texas Libraries.

Barbara Jordan addresses the Conference on Women in Public Life, 1975. Prints and Photographs Collections; di_00838. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Barbara Jordan addresses the Conference on Women in Public Life, 1975. Prints and Photographs Collections; di_00838. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

As a special tribute, the exhibit will be on display at the Texas Union in conjunction with the unveiling of the statue of Barbara Jordan on the campus on April 24.

The photographs, documents, and awards featured in the exhibit highlight the career of Jordan, who is widely regarded as one of the state’s and nation’s leading public servants. In 1966, Jordan was elected to the Texas Senate, where she served until her election in 1972 to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first African American woman from the south to serve in Congress. She retired in 1979.

Jordan later served as the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair in National Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where she gained a reputation as a professor who dedicated herself to teaching her students the principles of governance that best serve the people.

For more information, contact: Erin Purdy, Briscoe Center, (512) 495-4692, erin.purdy@austin.utexas.edu.

 

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