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<p>Leiwanda Jordan, in green, stands behind her mother, Julia Jordan, and her two daughters in a family photo.</p>

Leiwanda Jordan, in green, stands behind her mother, Julia Jordan, and her two daughters in a family photo.

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An Unlikely Hero

Memories of a daughter’s stand during the Civil Rights Movement

Watching her, one couldn’t tell that she’s 91 years old. Sitting on an elongated sofa in her quaint house filled with antiques, Julia K. Jordan, a retired Dallas ISD educator and counselor, flips through an album of old photographs. She stops at a page featuring a picture of a beautiful teenage girl dressed in a white debutante dress. The girl is Julia’s daughter, Leiwanda, who would later become a champion for equality during the Civil Rights Movement.