Barbara Jordan, born February 21 1936, was one of the most respected and influential American politicians of the 20th century. She captured the attention and admiration of the nation with her intelligence and integrity, eloquent oratory, ardent defense of the Constitution, and staunch advocacy of equal rights for all American citizens.
This stamp was released as the 34th in the Black Heritage stamp series in September 2011.
In 1976 Barbara Jordan, a congressional representative from Texas, was the first African American and the first woman to be chosen to deliver the keynote speech to the Democratic Party National Convention. The Democratic Party today would do well to listen to this speech and reaffirm the principles that are the foundation of the party.