President 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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