Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Barbara Jordan: Her Vision and Warning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Barbara Jordan: Her Vision and Warning

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The rich voice, the precise diction, the formal eloquence, the purse-size Constitution, the inspirational life story - these are the nation's memories of Barbara Jordan, who died Wednesday at 59.

Because of her skin color, Ms. Jordan attended segregated schools, went to an all-black college and faced racism in seeking elective office. Yet she surmounted these obstacles, winning election in 1966 as the first black state senator in Texas and 1972 as first black in Congress from Texas since Reconstruction.

To many Americans, Ms. Jordan is inextricably tied to two events. The first was her call, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, for Richard M. Nixon's impeachment. She said Mr. Nixon posed a threat to the Constitution that put the nation "on the edge of repression and tyranny." The second was Ms. Jordan's keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1976. The warning she voiced then seems truer today:

"Many fear the future. …

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