I saw a post on Twitter about Barbara Jordan, a former congresswoman from Texas, and was reminded about what Molly Ivins, another Texas feminist, had to say about her:
Her great bass voice rolled forth, “My faith in the Con-sti-tu-tion is whole, it is com-plete, it is to-tal.” She sounded like the Lord God Almighty and her implacable legal logic caught the attention of the entire nation.
She was the first black woman elected to the House from the South and gave keynote speeches at the 1976 and 1992 Democratic conventions. Jordan died in 1996, and she was the first black woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. A statue honoring her life stands at the University of Texas at Austin. It’s a shame she died so young, because we could use her strong voice to lead us forward toward equality.