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Barbara Jordan

In 1966, Barbara Jordan began her historic political career when she became the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate. Six years later, she won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first African American woman from a southern state to serve in the body.

Image: Barbara Jordan during a Family Circle magazine interview, October 18, 1976. LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe.

Audio: Houston Public Media