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Barbara Jordan


Tomorrow – Feb. 21 – is the birthday of Barbara Jordan, who was born in 1936 and died on Jan. 17, 1991.  An eminent orator, lawyer, politician, civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan left a powerful legacy of indomitable forthrightness.  Below are some of her quotes:

We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.

There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.

The majority of the American people still believe that every single individual in this country is entitled to just as much respect, just as much dignity, as every other individual.

A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.

Life is too large to hang out a sign: “For Men Only.”