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Barbara Jordan

Jordan and President Carter, ca. 1977.As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan participated in the Watergate hearings that brought down President Richard Nixon. Her famous speech reminded her colleagues what was at stake and to follow the Constitution as they deliberated on the president’s actions.Jordan’s diploma from Boston University School of Law, 1959.Meeting with civil rights leaders and President Lyndon Johnson (not pictured) as state senator from Texas, February 13, 1967. At left, Andy Biemillier (Legislative Director, AFL-CIO); at right, John Doar (Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice).Because of segregation, Jordan could not attend The University of Texas at Austin, and so attended Texas Southern University an historically black institution. She graduated magna cum laude in 1956.