The weeklong celebration of Jordan's accomplishments and influence highlighted issues and policies that were important to her.
Citizenship and power were central to the theme of the 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum, the signature, student-led weeklong program that pays tribute to the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan. This year's celebration, on the theme "Extending the Power of the People," took place Feb. 18–22, and was inspired by Jordan's words: "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted."
The week featured events including an elementary school book drive, an interactive exhibit at the Texas State Capitol, programming on women in politics, ethics and public service values, diverse voices in politics and culture, and activism in Texas, as well as a keynote address on criminal justice reform by Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot. Below is a sample of what took place.
Feb. 10–16: The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation displayed an interactive exhibit of Barbara Jordan's life at the Texas Capitol
We started the tribute with the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation interactive exhibit at the Texas State Capitol. [Watch our Barbara Jordan Forum co-chairs tour the exhibit.] pic.twitter.com/EZhbnaFcU1— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 26, 2019
On Feb. 12, Dr. Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at The University of Texas at Austin and Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School, participated in a special media preview as the media representative of the Barbara Jordan exhibit.
Dr. Joseph's social media takeover at the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation exhibit at the Texas Capitol:
Tuesday, Feb. 19: "Be The Next Barbara Jordan"
This panel, hosted by the Feminist Policy Alliance and Pride Policy Alliance, put students face to face with elected officials to share insight on what it looks like to run for office and serve, and to inspire students to take what they've learned and enter the political realm. Guests: Rep. Jessica González (D-104), Rep. Vicki Goodwin (D-47), Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-146) and Monica Gomez (political director, Annie's List).
Thank you so much to the LBJ School for giving me the opportunity to share my leadership journey with students directly. It was inspiring to meet with future Texas Leaders. #txlege #txdistrict47 #texasstrong https://t.co/OMjcIZXfJK— Rep. Vikki Goodwin (@VikkiGoodwinTX) Feb. 23, 2019
Tuesday, Feb. 19: "Traffic Stop" screening at the Texas State Capitol
The documentary about the violent arrest of Austin schoolteacher Breaion King was followed by a panel discussion with Ms. King, her attorney, Erica Grigg, and directors David Heilbroner and Kate Davis, and moderated by the LBJ School's Michele Deitch.
Prof. Michele Deitch moderated a panel with Ms. Breaion King, following a documentary screening of "Traffic Stop," which is about Ms. King's violent arrest in Austin. Panelists also included the filmmakers, Ms. King's attorney and House County Affairs Committee Chair @GFColeman pic.twitter.com/ztyZvHWPNX— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 26, 2019
Thank you to @GFColeman for hosting tonight's Traffic Stop screening about Breaion King's violent arrest in #ATX, but most of all thank you to Breaion for your bravery in the face of bigotry. #BLM pic.twitter.com/SPm0VzdBGn— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 20, 2019
Wednesday, Feb. 20: "Her Voice Stirred the Nation"
This discussion, hosted by PAACC, featured Virginia Cumberbatch (MPAff '16), director of the Community Engagement Center (CEC) at the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT, Kahron Spearman of the Austin Chronicle and Hopeton Hay of KAZI 88.7 FM, moderated by Dr. Peniel Joseph
Great panel with @vacumberbatch @kazibooks @yeslikethebook on racial justice, authorship, citizenship and the quest to expand democracy in the tradition of the great #BarbaraJordanForum2019 @TheLBJSchool pic.twitter.com/RnyltJCozz— Dr. Peniel E. Joseph (@PenielJoseph) Feb. 21, 2019
Thanks for having us. Always a blessing to come back and engage in the thought leadership + activist scholarship being cultivated @TheLBJSchool. Thanks @PenielJoseph for your leadership and collaborative spirit https://t.co/uqrAiSVGkW— Virginia Cumberbatch (@vacumberbatch) Feb. 21, 2019
Wednesday, Feb. 20: "Being an Activist in Texas"
Thursday, Feb. 21: Barbara Jordan Elementary School
Professor Edwin Dorn, former dean of the LBJ School, delivered a fantastic keynote speech at the Barbara Jordan Elementary School's annual assembly celebrating the birthday of its namesake.
Today we celebrate what would have been Barbara Jordan's 83rd birthday with a day of tribute at @JordanJaguars. As LBJ students champion her legacy this week, we are reminded of her fierce dignity, tenacious spirit and hard work. https://t.co/f2FZvO4yvK @TexasMonthly— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 21, 2019
A highlight of the week, #LBJStudents and Professor Ed Dorn visited @JordanJaguars on Barbara Jordan's birthday (Feb. 21) for an assembly dedicated to the former congresswoman and teacher's legacy. Dr. Dorn, who knew Barbara Jordan, delivered remarks. pic.twitter.com/1Kw0npKWzi— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 26, 2019
"Too often young leaders become servants of what is rather than shapers of what might come." Happy 83rd to a woman the world lost too soon. Thank you for sharing your voice to empower others during your time on this earth, Barbara Jordan pic.twitter.com/3qaN2O0uSi— Hanna (@hanna_munin) Feb. 21, 2019
Thursday, Feb. 21: "Empowering Women in Politics"
The LBJ School's Social Policy Network and Feminist Policy Alliance hosted the conversation featuring Texas Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-102), Melissa McRoy Shearer (Travis County mental health public defender), Rosie Trulove (City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development director) and Velva Price (Travis County district clerk).
Listening to words of wisdom at the Barbara Jordan National Forum Women in Leadership event from Representative Ramos, NHCD Director Rosie Truelove, Travis County District Clerk Velva Price, and Mental Health Public Defender Melissa Shearer. @TheLBJSchool @chasp_lbj pic.twitter.com/GntpVQXsvd— AudATX (@AudreyMuntz) Feb. 21, 2019
Monday, Feb. 25: Barbara Jordan National Forum Keynote: Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
District Attorney John Creuzot is a retired judge and award-winning lawyer who has more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including as a felony district court judge, Dallas County assistant district attorney and chief felony prosecutor, as well as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He took office in January with a new plan for criminal justice in his jurisdiction: to prosecute only violent criminals. For lesser offenses his office will seek alternatives and dismiss all first-time cases of marijuana possession in small amounts. Too many people who do not threaten public safety have ended up in jail, he said, which is too expensive. Creuzot also joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans for the "Policy on Purpose" podcast.
"We have over-incarcerated America. When we have a social problem, we create a criminal solution to it. We have learned this does not solve America's problems." Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot at #BarbaraJordanForum2019 pic.twitter.com/6Pk80GF0eI— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 25, 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in #BarbaraJordanForum2019. Citizenship and power were central to this year's signature, student-led weeklong program.— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 26, 2019
Co-chairing the #BarbaraJordanForum2019 @TheLBJSchool with my talented and hardworking classmates @hanna_munin and @theliberiankid was an incredible experience! s/o to all the wonderful speakers, the community members who attended & the incredible comms team. See you next year! https://t.co/Z3f3paDcDp— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 26, 2019
Many thanks to the Forum chairs, student organizers, participants and attendees who made the 2019 Forum such a success. Barbara Jordan’s legacy is alive and well at LBJ. AE— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 26, 2019