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Texas Legends: Barbara Jordan Books to Add Your Collection

Want to learn more about Texas history? Why not start with the legend, Barbara Jordan. This woman was a political force and the epitome of a Black Southern Belle. Among the history books of Texas Legends, we implore you to check out these Barbara Jordan Books to Add Your Collection. What are some of your favorite books? Share them with us on social media using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle

Texas Legends: Barbara Jordan Books to Add Your Collection

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Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture 

Revered by Americans across the political spectrum, Barbara Jordan was “the most outspoken moral voice of the American political system,” in the words of former President Bill Clinton, who awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Throughout her career as a Texas senator, U.S. congresswoman, and distinguished professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan lived by a simple creed: “Ethical behavior means being honest, telling the truth, and doing what you said you were going to do.” Her strong stand for ethics in government, civil liberties, and democratic values still provides a standard around which the nation can unite in the twenty-first century.

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Barbara Jordan: American Hero 

Barbara Jordan was the first African American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention. Yet Jordan herself remained a mystery, a woman so private that even her close friends did not know the name of the illness that debilitated her for two decades until it struck her down at the age of fifty-nine.

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What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then up to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she persevered through adversity to give voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality, and justice.

New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes deliver a remarkable picture book biography about a woman whose struggles and mission continue to inspire today.

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Barbara Jordan: African American Politician (Journey to Freedom)

Traces the life and work of this African American woman who was a respected politician, teacher, and spokeswoman for democracy.

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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