Late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Is 2011 Black Heritage Stamp Honoree

 A postage stamp honoring the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan will be included in the selection of  new stamps released for 2011.

Jordan, from Houston, served in the state legislature before running for Congress in 1973.   Congresswoman Jordan became a household name after her electrifying speech during the Watergate hearings.  After retiring, she taught at the University of  Texas LBJ School of  Public Affairs.  Today there is a statue in her honor located on the UT campus.

 

In a news release sent to 2 On The Beat,  U.S. Senator John Cornyn  (R-TX) today applauded the U.S. Postal Service’s selection of the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, a pioneering politician and civil rights leader.

“As the first African-American woman elected to the Texas legislature and first southern African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Barbara Jordan’s achievements cement her standing among the great cultural and political icons of our time.    

“This honor will help us remember her life’s accomplishments, but the true commemoration of her life can be seen in the growing numbers of African-American and minority women serving as elected officials across the country.” 

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