JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — David Jordan was born on a Mississippi Delta plantation during the Great Depression, when segregation and poverty created a bleak outlook for a son of black sharecroppers.
Eighty years later, Jordan is a retired science teacher, longtime Greenwood City Council member and prominent state lawmaker known for advocating public education funding and opposing measures he sees as suppressing civil rights, including a new law that takes effect this year requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
In his new memoir, “From the Mississippi Cotton Fields to the State Senate,” Jordan writes about growing up in the segregated South.
Before graduating from high school with future Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Jordan picked cotton and worked at a white-owned store that sold illegal liquor.