“We have made mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raised their voices, we didn’t hear. But our deafness was only a temporary condition and not an irreversible condition ...”
Keynote address: “Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?” Democratic Convention, New York, USA, Monday 12 July 1976
Barbara Charline Jordan was born on 21 February 1936 and died on 17 January 1996. She served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979.
There were still very few African-American women serving in the House in the 1970s. Jordan was the first from a southern state (Texas) and was known there and on television ...