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Leon Jordan & Orchid Jordan

Leon Jordan & Orchid Jordan

Photo: The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City

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  • Leon Jordan – 1905 – 1970 

    Orchid Jordan – 1910 – 1995 

    The Jordans worked throughout their careers to expand the influence of African American voters and to increase the number of Black candidates for political office. Leon Jordan served the Kansas City Police Department for 16 years, and in 1947 left for Liberia, where he organized a national police force. 

    In 1962, Leon Jordan co-founded Freedom Inc., a political club that championed Black participation in local politics. He was elected to three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, an office Orchid Jordan filled after her husband was killed in 1970.