Lone Star Pride
Inspirational exhibit honoring Austin legend on display this week only
An interactive exhibit honoring the life and legacy of Barbara Jordan is on display for one week only. Coinciding with Black History Month, the showcase will run February 6-11 at the Texas State Capitol.
The exhibit, which comes courtesy of the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation, features a diverse mix of audio and visual elements, from letters to videos. Spotlight pieces include footage of a 1976 speech to the Democratic National Convention and a convocation at Harvard University the following year.
"The [foundation] is committed to preserving her commitment to core values like justice and fairness and ensuring future generations can learn from her life of public service," says Honorable Wilford Flowers, the foundation's president, in a release. "We are honored to be able to share this display with the people of Texas and hope it inspires them to take action against injustice and unfairness wherever it exists."
The centerpiece of this showcase is a timeline of Jordan's life. Among her many achievements, the hard-working Houston native was the first African-American to serve in the Texas Senate post-Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American female elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Jordan was also an outspoken pillar of the Civil Rights movement and an inspirational leader during her 17-year tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, until her death in 1996.
"Now more than ever we must recognize the honorable work of Barbara Jordan and allow her legacy to continue to inspire and motivate us," says Max Sherman, author of Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder. "By sharing the interactive timeline and gallery of her life at our state's capitol, we continue to amplify the impact she had throughout her life. We hope Texans will come and learn from her commitment to social justice and human rights and take from it the desire to get active and civically engaged in their own communities."
The exhibit comes ahead of Barbara Jordan Freedom Week, an annual celebration of the late Texas legend that coincides with her birthday, February 21. She would have been 81 years old this year.