Forum, with keynote speaker Jehmu Greene, LBJ Dean Angela Evans and Professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant
dean for civic engagement. (Photo by Callie Richmond)
The weeklong, student-led celebration of Jordan's legacy concentrated on the struggle against inequality and the fight for justice.
Inclusion and social justice were central to the 23rd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum, the signature, student-led weeklong program honoring the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan Feb. 17–21, 2020. This year's theme, "We, the People," is inspired by Jordan's words:
The week, planned by LBJ School students Joel Carter, Aaron Escajeda and Sarah Gonzalez Claytor in conjunction with Professors Peniel Joseph and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, featured conversations about community outreach and networking; the far-reaching accomplishments of Barbara Jordan; the legacy of black land ownership; and a keynote by TV commentator, social justice advocate and former Rock the Vote president Jehmu Greene. It kicked off with an interactive exhibit at the Texas State Capitol presented by the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation about Jordan's impact on social justice, female empowerment and education, and ended at Barbara Jordan Elementary School, where students celebrated the annual Barbara Jordan Day with speeches and performances and an address by Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza.
Barbara Jordan treasured the time she spent as a teacher at the LBJ School and we treasure the legacy she shared. — AE 2/2https://t.co/f4RNTXmZBQ— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 17, 2020
Feb. 15–22: The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation displayed an interactive exhibit of Barbara Jordan's life at the Texas Capitol
On Feb. 18, 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.
Don't miss this moving tribute to trailblazer and civil rights Icon Barbara Jordan https://t.co/AL2qkEXxhH @csrdut @TheLBJSchool @UT_DDCE @DrRichReddick @IUPRA_UT @JeremiSuri @UT_HistDept @UTAustin @Maurie_McInnis @gregfenves @LiberalArtsUT @UnsettledCity— Dr. Peniel E. Joseph (@PenielJoseph) Feb. 18, 2020
Thanks to @weareaustin for great discussion about the #BarbaraJordan exhibit @TXSTATECAPITOL this week. @TheLBJSchool #BarbaraJordanForum kicks off today. Thanks to #BarbaraJordanFreedomFoundation @csrdut pic.twitter.com/RIX43dcEol— Dr. Peniel E. Joseph (@PenielJoseph) Feb. 17, 2020
Many thanks to the brilliant @TrevorScottATX for the stimulating conversation about #BarbaraJordan @TXSTATECAPITOL exhibit. Free, open to public, through 2/22 celebrating civil rights, social justice, racial equality, deep democracy. https://t.co/QHxlMC9PaB— Dr. Peniel E. Joseph (@PenielJoseph) Feb. 18, 2020
It’s an honor and privilege to be the 23rd Annual Barbara Jordan Forum co-chair! Day 1 was a success and we’re thrilled about the rest of the events this week!! Be sure to stay in the loop by checking out the daily schedule! https://t.co/AGeSO48Quf https://t.co/Te7iydd5jR— Joël (@theliberiankid) Feb. 18, 2020
I'm honored to have the opportunity to co-chair the Barbara Jordan National Forum for the 2nd time— we have a whole week of events planned & led by @TheLBJSchool students, so come through and check them out! https://t.co/SxK3hgiBRU https://t.co/WrrdwFZDHh— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) February 17, 2020
Tuesday, Feb. 18: "Barbara Jordan's Legacy"
Hosted by the Policy Alliance for Communities of Color (PACC), this event featured Professors Joseph and Edwin Dorn in conversation on the legacy of Barbara Jordan — from her activism during the Civil Rights Movement to her relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson and her leadership at the LBJ School.
Day 2 of Barbara Jordan Week was a success!! Started off taking to local media at the BJ exhibit in the Capitol building. Finished up the day with a luncheon panel hosted by PACC with @PenielJoseph & Dean Dorn!— Joel (@theliberiankid) February 18, 2020
Wednesday, Feb. 19: "The Legacy of Black Land Ownership"
This panel featured Angela Provost and June Provost of Provost Farm, farmers in Louisiana who can trace the family line to generations of enslaved workers on the state's sugar cane plantations. Their story was featured on the New York Times' "1619" podcast (Episode 5: "The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1" | Episode 5: "The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2"), and they joined LBJ students and the public for a conversation moderated by Austin community leader Terri Broussard Williams.
As part of the Barbara Jordan week, June and Angie Provost, sugar cane farmers who lost their sugar cane farm due to allegations of racism and racist practices by lending institutions and the USDA, shared their experiences in fighting back. 1/2— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 19, 2020
Stay tuned for my conversation with Angie on the next Policy on Purpose podcast. —AE 2/2https://t.co/tSU8VPvVxM— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 19, 2020
Quotable: “Civil rights violations should be treated as criminal law violations because they are crimes against humanity.” So important to talk about the fact that less than 2% of farmers nationally are Black, and that number is decreasing #BHM— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 20, 2020
Thursday, Feb. 20: Barbara Jordan National Forum Keynote: Jehmu Greene
TV commentator, social justice advocate and former Rock the Vote president Jehmu Greene is a child of former undocumented immigrants, a community organizer, a media strategist and a proud Texan. She's also a visionary social justice advocate and authentic political commentator who is out to disrupt politics with thoughtful, provocative insight through speaking and writing.
My truth https://t.co/SNcAs1dTuw— Jehmu Greene (@Jehmu) Feb. 21, 2020
@Jehmu on talking to those in the “moveable middle”: “Lead with heart first, lead with what connects us. To forgot those connections and dismiss those shared values is a mistake.”— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 20, 2020
Friday, Feb. 21: Barbara Jordan Elementary School
Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza delivered the keynote speech about equality and representation at the Barbara Jordan Elementary School's annual assembly celebrating the birthday of its namesake. The program also included inspiring speeches and beautiful musical performances by Barbara Jordan Elementary students.
Thank you Mayor Pro Tem @DGarzaforD2 for speaking to students (including myself!) about the importance of Barbara Jordan at #barbarajordanweek23 and on her birthday no less! Happy birthday Professor Jordan pic.twitter.com/8IxGWIogVW— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 21, 2020
Power is not like slices of cake- if you give it to others, it isn’t gone. Power is like a candle, you can use to light others' candles. Feeling inspired by women like Congresswoman Jordan and Mayor Pro Tem @DGarzaforD2 who use their influence to light candles around them.— Sarah Gonzalez Claytor (@lapetite_syrah) Feb. 21, 2020
What a week at LBJ! The Barbara Jordan Forum was thought provoking and inspiring. The students under the leadership of Joel Carter, Aaron Escajeda, and Sarah Gonzales Claytor… 1/2— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 21, 2020
did a remarkable job of organizing a noteworthy week of activities that reflected brilliantly on Barbara Jordan's legacy, and on their promise as future leaders. 2/2— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Feb. 21, 2020