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In honor of Black History month I'd like to share this outstanding woman's legacy with you.

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm made history by becoming the United States' first African-American congresswoman, beginning the first of seven (yes, seven) terms in the House of Representatives. After initially being assigned to the House Forestry Committee, she shocked many by demanding reassignment. She was placed on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, eventually graduating to the Education and Labor Committee. In 1969, Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Chisholm went on to make history yet again, becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972. A champion of minority education and employment opportunities throughout her tenure in Congress, Chisholm was also a vocal opponent of the U.S. military draft. After leaving Congress in 1983, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and was popular on the lecture circuit.


Shirley Chisholm biography

 
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QUICK FACTS

  • NAME: Shirley Chisholm
  • OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative
  • BIRTH DATE: November 301924
  • DEATH DATE: January 012005
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the United States' first African-American congresswoman.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 Democratic nomination to the U.S. presidency.
  • EDUCATION: Brooklyn College, Columbia University

Shirley Chisholm biography

 
 1 photo

QUICK FACTS

  • NAME: Shirley Chisholm
  • OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative
  • BIRTH DATE: November 301924
  • DEATH DATE: January 012005
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the United States' first African-American congresswoman.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 Democratic nomination to the U.S. presidency.
  • EDUCATION: Brooklyn College, Columbia University

Shirley Chisholm biography

 
 1 photo

QUICK FACTS

  • NAME: Shirley Chisholm
  • OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative
  • BIRTH DATE: November 301924
  • DEATH DATE: January 012005
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the United States' first African-American congresswoman.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 Democratic nomination to the U.S. presidency.
  • EDUCATION: Brooklyn College, Columbia University

Shirley Chisholm biography

 
 1 photo

QUICK FACTS

  • NAME: Shirley Chisholm
  • OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative
  • BIRTH DATE: November 301924
  • DEATH DATE: January 012005
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the United States' first African-American congresswoman.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972.
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 Democratic nomination to the U.S. presidency.
  • EDUCATION: Brooklyn College, Columbia University
Shirley Chisholm
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