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Barbara Jordan

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan‘s speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. She was the first Black and the first woman to deliver a keynote address.

Coincidentally, she was my Congresswoman; I first saw her when she gave a talk at my high school. If she had not been stricken by debilitating illnesses, perhaps she would have gone on to be president, and I would have gladly worked my ass off to help elect her. At the very least, she would have made a fantastic Supreme Court justice.