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Barbara Jordan Delivers the Democratic National Convention Keynote Address (1976)
TSU Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Archives
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1976 |
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    An introduction to Barbara Jordan, by Barbara Jordan.
    Jordan walk to the podium as "Deep in the Heart of Texas" plays and the crowd applauds thunderously
    "There is something special about tonight. What is different? What is special? I, Barbara Jordan, am a keynote speaker."
    "We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community." 
    "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power."
    "We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that."
    "If that happens, who then will speak for America? Who then will speak for the common good?"
    "We need to take to heart the words spoken by Thomas Jefferson: Let us restore the social intercourse -- ‘Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and that affection without which liberty and even life are but dreary things.'"
    "We call ourselves "public servants" but I'll tell you this: We as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. "
    "I have confidence that we can form this kind of national community. I have confidence that the Democratic Party can lead the way. I have that confidence."