Karen Ocamb

Lesbian Rep. Barbara Jordan Delivered Dem Keynote in 1976

Filed By Karen Ocamb | September 05, 2012 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barbara Jordan, DNC convention 1976

Rep_Barbara_Jordan.jpgPresident Barack Obama was 15 years old in 1976 when Texas Rep. Barbara Jordan became the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention - where some had hoped she would have been the vice-presidential candidate to nominee Jimmy Carter.

Many had been mesmerized by Jordan's remarks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 25, 1974 when she explained why she would vote for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon in the Watergate scandal; Nixon resigned on Aug. 9 before the House could vote.

It was only after Jordan died Jan. 17, 1996, when the Houston Chronicle referred to her almost 30-year relationship with Nancy Earl, that most Americans learned that Jordan was a lesbian. The Advocate later went into more detail. Here is an excerpt from that convention speech.

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