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Barbara Jordan, 1936 -- 1996
Historic Keynote Address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, New York, New York

"It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good if we are derelict in upholding the common good.  More is required...more is required of public officials than slogans, and handshakes and press releases.  More is required.  We most hold ourselves strictly accountable.  We must provide the people with a vision of the future.  If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials proposed, we must produced.  If we say to the American people, it is time for you to be sacrificial, sacrifice.  If the public officials says that, we must be the first to give. Again, if we make mistakes, we must be willing to admit them."


Her final words were the words of Abraham Lincoln, "I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master." 


Barbara Jordan was the first woman and first African American to give a Keynote Address speak at the Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 7/12/76.


Video Clip:  http://wn.com/Barbara_Jordan_1976_DNC_Keynote_Address