The Undaunted Trailblazer Who Became The first African American Woman In Congress And The First Black Woman To Run For President “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas”
Reputed for being a bold and outspoken politician, in 1968, Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm rewrote #blackhistory as the first African American woman in Congress when she defeated defeating James Farmer. Four years later she would also make history as the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Shirley Chisholm, notable American politician, educator, and author was every inch revolutionary who inspired change. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 30, 1924, the oldest of four daughters to immigrant parents, Chisholm has been a major influence on other women of color in politics.
Her autobiography—Unbossed and Unbought became her presidential campaign slogan. She was noted for her outspoken advocacy for inclusion of women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in 1946, worked as a nursery school teacher, then obtained a master’s degree at Columbia University Teachers College in 1951
She launched her political career in 1964 and was elected to New York’s state legislature.
Hill earned her Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in 1946 and earned an MA in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1952.
Chisholm joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971 as one of its founding members.
Chisholm was the third highest-ranking member of this committee when she retired from Congress.
Amongst her legacies:
In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Shirley Chisholm will receive a monument in Prospect Park, scheduled for 2020. Chisholm is the first woman to be so honored by SheBuiltNYC.