The Barbara Jordan stamp was issued Sept. 16, 2011. Jordan was the first African-American woman elected to the Texas legislature. She also was the first African-American elected to the Texas State Senate since 1883, and the first African-American woman elected from the South to the U.S. Congress, where she served three terms, sponsoring and supporting numerous pieces of legislation extending federal protection of civil rights.
In 1976, Jordan gained national acclaim when she became the first woman and the first African-American to deliver a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention. Jordan’s speech resonated throughout the country as she described Americans as “a people in search of a national community … attempting to fulfill our national purpose, to create and sustain a society in which all of us are equal.”