For children, for justice, for freedom
Barbara Jordan remains a remarkable inspiration to America and the world. When she died in 1996, she left a vision of America as a nation that stands for children, for justice, and for freedom. She knew that our future depends upon all children having the opportunity to learn, to work, and to succeed. She believed that just as our nation had abolished slavery and segregation, we could overcome the pockets of injustice that still exist in education, employment, health care, and the justice system. She recognized that freedom is not the privilege of the few but the right of everyone.
These are not partisan issues. They are common beliefs that bind us together as a nation. "E pluribus unum" ("In unity we are one"), Ms. Jordan was fond of saying. Together we must form "a national community."
Continuing her legacy
The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation launched as a 501(c)(3) organization February 21, 2011, on what would have been her 75th birthday. The Founding Trustees have embraced Ms. Jordan's optimistic vision for the future and established the organization's mission, vision, and values.
Planning is underway for the Foundation's programs, which will include public campaigns focusing initially on children, education, racial justice, and criminal justice as well as a Master Teachers program in the public schools. We are also assembling distinguished experts to advise us on these programs, identifying Barbara Jordan Freedom Fellows to head up each campaign, and raising funds to support these efforts.
We invite you to get involved. Donate to the Trust, which is under the auspices of the nonprofit Austin Community Foundation. Tell your friends. Download copies of the Vision Brochure to share with community leaders, businesses, schools, children's groups, and your local media. Watch for news and updates on this website.