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.
The fifth of the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles is purpose – to make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
The third of the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles is collective work and responsibility – to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa and is marked by the lighting of the black middle candle on the Kinara. It represents the principle of Umoja – unity. As it says on the official Kwanzaa website, “There is no way to understand and appreciate the meaning and message of Kwanzaa without understanding and appreciating its profound and pervasive concern with values. Kwanzaa inherits this value concern and focus from Kawaida, the African philosophical framework in which it was created Kawaida philosophy is a communitarian African philosophy which is an ongoing synthesis of the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.”
Adilah Barnes performance in the one woman show I Am That I Am: Woman, Black at Whitworth University on October 26 was an evening of inspiring theater. The choice of women portrayed (from Sojourner Truth forward to Angela Davis and May Angelou), the interesting and meaningful selection of their words woven together with song in a dark theater was moving. As the excellent questions from students, faculty and community members revealed something of Ms. Barnes life and spirit and because some of her life path seemed to parallel my own I decided to buy her book so I could find out more. We talked a little as she signed the book and indeed we had both been college students in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s and early 70’s – that great time of change. . . . . .
But as I opened her book and read about her origins I realized we had even more in common – we are both from Oroville, California. . . . . (more)
Thanks to Adilah Barnes for sharing her life journey so unreservedly. It was heart warming to read the story of someone who set goals and didn’t let anything stop her from reaching them. More information about her, including where you can buy her book, may be found at her website. http://www.adilahbarnes.com/
IMDB (The Internet Movie Database) pulls up some full episodes of TV series she was in if you search her name: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0055481/videogallery