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Celebrating the Life

March 26, 2009 - 8:47am

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Libraries has partnered with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History to present an exhibit of materials related to the life and career of Barbara Jordan.

“When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened,” Selections from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Collections, will be on display at the Perry-Castañeda Library from March 27 to June 1. The exhibit is co-hosted with The University of Texas Libraries and also features research materials from the Libraries' collection.

As a special tribute, the exhibit will be on display at the Texas Union in conjunction with the unveiling of the statue of Barbara Jordan on the campus on April 24.

In addition to the exhibition, the Libraries will host a panel discussion on Jordan featuring university history and political science faculty on April 16. The Libraries will create a Barbara Jordan resource page on its Web site.

In 1972, Jordan became the first black woman from a southern state elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the House until 1979. After she retired from politics, Jordan taught courses on intergovernmental relations, political values and ethics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the university. Jordan died in 1996.

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