Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dole Institute to mark Black History Month

January 22, 2009


The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University is scheduled to honor Black History Month with an event honoring Barbara Jordan.

In 1966, Jordan became the first African-American elected to a Senate seat in Texas since 1883. Jordan, who died in 1996, is remembered for her oratory skills, including a 1976 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

At the event Jordan’s longtime friend and colleague Max Sherman, professor emeritus and former dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, will discuss her life and career.

A book signing will follow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, at the Dole Institute.


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 4 months ago

I remember Barbara Jordan well. She was a wonderful person. When i grew up there was a popular saying, "the only free people are white men and black women."For some reason it was thought that black women were free to speak their mind.Whether or not anyone was listening is another issue.I plan on taking Black History Month very seriously this year.I am going to get on the Internet and learn as much as I can about what is going on in Africa today. We should not let honoring those from the past keep us from confronting the present.

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