Program to Honor Barbara Jordan Announced by University Libraries

Feb. 23, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — In honor of the Feb. 21 birthday of former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, the University of Texas Libraries has announced an upcoming program of events to recognize her achievements.

The Libraries' Barbara Jordan celebration will begin on March 27 with the opening of an exhibit of materials related to Jordan's career—co-hosted by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History—and conclude with the scheduled unveiling of the Texas political icon's statue on the campus on April 24. The exhibition will be on display through June 1.

In addition to the exhibition, plans are being made by the Libraries for a panel discussion on Jordan featuring university history and political science faculty to coincide with events during the week of the Barbara Jordan statue unveiling. 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.

For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512 495 4644.