Barbara Jordan was elected to the Texas Senate in 1966 — the first African American senator since 1883. During her time in the Senate she passed the state’s first minimum wage law and worked on anti-discrimination clauses in business contracts, according to the U.S. House of Representatives’ History, Art and Archives. She then became the first southern Black woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, where she focused on extending federal protection of civil rights.
In a packed dining room inside the Union League in Center City, The Philadelphia Tribune honored three Philadelphians with its History Maker Award and paid homage to others positioned to make history at the annual Christopher J. Perry/Carter G. Woodson Black History Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
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