Barbara Jordan Unit of Parliamentarians

Barbara Jordan Unit of Parliamentarians

We aspire to be a catalyst for what we affectionately term a "Parliamentary Renaissance".


Wishing you a vibrant New Year filled with joy, laughter, and endless possibilities! May each moment be a sparkling adventure, and every challenge lead to newfound strength. Here's to embracing new beginnings and crafting a chapter of happiness and success. Happy New Year! 🎉


The Barbara Jordan Unit of Parliamentarians is thrilled to announce our commitment to revitalizing the chapter in Spring, TX, and becoming a central hub for Spring, Klein, and North Harris County parliamentarians. As we embark on this exciting journey, we envision our unit as more than just a meeting place—it's a community of dedicated individuals passionate about parliamentary procedure and governance. Our aim is to foster a sense of fellowship, providing a space for knowledge exchange, skill development, and collaboration. We aspire to be a catalyst for what we affectionately term a "Parliamentary Renaissance," where enthusiasm for the art and practice of parliamentary procedure is reignited.


This page has changed from the AIS Black History to the new FB home for the Barbara Jordan Unit of Parliamentarians. We are moving from educational posts about Black American History to educational posts about parliamentary procedure.

Photos from Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture's post 03/31/2022

The Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, was born in 1915. Born Rosetta Nubin in Arkansas, she began playing guitar at 4 and accompanied her mother to perform with a traveling evangelist troupe at age 6.

Tharpe’s performances developed a secular following due to her powerful guitar riffs and charismatic posturing on stage. Though she continued to appear before both religious groups and in nightclubs, Tharpe’s sound ushered in the new genre of Rock ‘N Roll.

She signed with Decca Records in 1938 and her sound proved unmistakable, influencing the careers of rockers like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and the Rolling Stones. Playwright Cheryl L. West explored Tharpe’s legacy in her new musical Shout Sister Shout!

She told D.C. Metro Theater Arts that in researching for the musical, Tharpe “seemed to have her own blueprint, a roadmap for who she wanted to be at that time. She also had this unwavering faith in God, and in her music. Rooted in gospel and spiritual traditions, she was one of the first to bring that style to popular music on a massive scale.”

She died in 1973 at the age of 57, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

📸 Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


Alvin Ailey was a renowned dancer, choreographer and activist in the 20th century. He transformed the landscape of American dance, fusing styles such as ballet, modern, theater and jazz with Black cultural expressions.

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Timeline photos 02/21/2022

Make history a part of your plans today. There's something for everyone at the museum and we're FREE EVERY THURSDAY from 1-5pm! Plan your visit:

Timeline photos 02/20/2022

Have you heard of the 404th Armed Service Forces (ASF) band? They were members of the only all Black women band in U.S. military history!

Repeatedly, Black male officers encouraged women to try out for the popular WAC band at Fort Des Moines. According to Maj. Charity Adams Earley, “Whether they were private- and public-school music teachers, teaching and performing majors in college and graduate school, amateur and professional performers, no Negroes who auditioned were found to be qualified to play with the white band.”

Once Maj. Adams Earley realized no black woman would be allowed in the white band, she pushed for the women to have their own. After a successful petition and an 8 week practice period, on December 2, 1943, the all-African-American band played a concert and exceeded expectations. As they honed their musical skills, the band performed in parades and concerts, often stepping in for the all-white band when it was on a war bond drive.

News of the Japanese surrender in 1945 foretold the end of the band, and the 404th was deactivated along with the WAC program in December 1945. During the three years of the WAC program existed during World War II, approximately 6500 African American women served. At the end of 1944, 855 black servicewomen followed Major Adams Earley overseas in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-black Women’s Army Corps unit to serve overseas.


in 1942, the 100th Pursuit Squadron, one of the combat units of the Tuskegee Airmen, was activated. As the first African Americans to serve as U.S. military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.

With the passage of the Civilian Pilot Training Act and enactment of Public Law 18, the Army Air Corps was forced to train African Americans, and the powers in the Pentagon created a training program with one purpose — wash out the men who want to be aviators. However, the Pentagon was in for a surprise — the Tuskegee Airmen did not fail.

Tuskegee Airmen continued to contribute to the progression of aviation after the conclusion of World War I. Edward A. Gibbs was a civilian flight instructor in the U.S. Aviation Cadet Program at Tuskegee during its inception and went on to become the founder of Negro Airmen International (NAI), a non-profit organization that promotes the participation of African Americans and other minorities in the field of aviation.

Their success forced military leaders to take a hard look at the policies of segregation that treated Black servicemen and women as second-class citizens. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military.

📸 Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Victoria L.Thornton and Family


in 1920, the Negro National League (NNL) was established as the first Black professional baseball league. With its launch, the NNL created a platform through which the talents of legendary athletes including Cool Papa Bell, Oscar Charleston, John Henry Lloyd and Smokey Joe Williams could thrive.

Andrew “Rube” Foster, one of the best African American pitchers in the period before the NNL, founded the new league in Kansas City, Mo. Foster, known as “the father of Black baseball,” established NNL teams in metropolitan cities where Blacks migrating from the South moved including Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The league found instant success. One of the most popular teams, the Chicago American Giants, drew nearly 200,000 spectators in 1921.

The NNL successfully operated until mounting unemployment, caused by the Great Depression, led to low attendance. By 1932, the NNL disbanded, although many would be revived in 1937 with the launch of the Negro American League, which formed teams in the Midwest and South.

📸 Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


Our museum mourns the loss of singer, songwriter, and funk icon Betty Davis. Born in Durham, North Carolina on July 16, 1944, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Davis moved to New York city in 1960 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Within a few years, Davis began a simultaneous career as a model and musician, making her first recordings in 1964. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was a prominent funk artist, collaborating with musicians including bassist Larry Graham, drummer Greg Errico, and the Pointer Sisters. Davis released three albums in the 1970s that became cult classics, including Betty Davis (1973), They Say I’m Different (1974), and Nasty Gal (1975), along with Is It Love or Desire? (1976), a fourth studio album that remained unreleased until 2009.

Although she largely retired from recording after 1979, Davis was an important influence on artists including Miles Davis and The Chambers Brothers. Appreciation for her work has continued to grow in recent decades as new generations of artists have discovered her music.

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Tinted Hand Colored Photo of East Side Chicago Boys Easter Sunday 1941. Originally photographed in black and white. 🤎 Jeannie Greer


Make sure you check out some of the awesome events offered this month to celebrate Black History Month at Awty!!! ❤️🖤💚

Awty families, we hope you will join us as we celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. We’ve included the upcoming events below. More details for each event and a link to the BHM website can be found in Awty Notes.


In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week with ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The event was first celebrated during a week that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This week would later become ‪ .‬⁣

This year, join us as we embrace the official theme announced by ASALH, Black Health and Wellness, starting with a look at midwives:

Timeline photos 02/01/2022

The first day of BHM is tomorrow and the Kindred Stories team has partnered with to create space for Black joy! We're so excited to invite you to our first-ever Adult Spelling Bee happening on Saturday, February 12 at 6:30 PM in our Reading Garden!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Contestants will be asked to spell words that speak to the theme of Black history and culture over the course of four rounds. If you misspell a word, you are out! As the words get harder, you might be able to "Phone a Friend" or "Battle" to earn your spot back into the competition. Fun and music-filled, this event is for folks looking for something BLACKITY BLACK to do on a Saturday night! Be mindful that you don't have to participate in the Bee to come - we definitely need an audience! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Prizes will include a Kindred Stories tote, gift card, and gift box filled with vintage Black-authored books and some Black-artisan-made goodies!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*This event is for adults only and cocktails are sponsored by , a local, black-owned rum distillery located at 2222 Studewood St.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Shout out to our judges: , , and !⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions! Link in bio to register!


This placard stating "I AM A MAN" in our museum collection was carried by Arthur J. Schmidt in the 1968 Memphis March.

The power of words inspired those who listened to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages to count themselves worthy, valuable, and powerful no matter their circumstances.

“Through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.” – From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rediscovering Lost Values sermon, 1954

📸 Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Arthur J. "Bud" Schmidt


Willa Beatrice Brown-Chappell, born in 1906, achieved numerous firsts. Most notably, she was the first African American woman to earn her pilot's license in the United States. Brown-Chappell also earned a mechanic’s license, making her the first woman to hold both that and a pilot’s license. Additionally, she was the first African American woman Congressional candidate, and the first African American officer in the United States Civil Air Patrol.

Brown-Chappell dedicated her life to fighting for gender and racial equality in the military. Brown lobbied for integration of the U.S. Army Air Corps and the Civilian Pilot Training Program. She is also a co-founder of the Cornelius Coffey School of Aeronautics, the first private flight school owned and operated by African Americans. She is responsible for the training of hundreds of pilots, including many who became part of the elite Tuskegee Airmen.

📸 Willa B. Brown Photograph, Accession number 1987-0095, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.


But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, Black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.

We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Excerpt from "I Have A Dream" speech
Washington, D.C.
August 28, 1963


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