1972 January 25

Shirley Chisholm: First African-American Woman to Campaign for Presidential Nomination


A member of Congress from Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Chisholm announced on this day that she would seek the Democratic Party nomination for president, thus becoming the first African-American woman to campaign for the nomination for president by a major political party.

Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress on November 5, 1968. She was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus on March 30, 1971, and also the National Women’s Political Caucus on July 10, 1971.

Chisholm announces her candidacy:

Learn more: Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed (1970)

Learn more about women who ran for President at the National Women’s History Museum: http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/president/president.html

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