1924 November 30

Shirley Chisholm, First African-American Woman in Congress, Is Born in Brooklyn, NY


A pioneering politician, educator, and author, Rep. Chisholm (D–New York) was born on this day. She served as the first African-American woman elected to Congress (see November 5, 1968).

She was also the first African-American woman to campaign to be the presidential candidate of one of the two major political parties (January 25, 1972). She was also a founding member of both the Congressional Black Caucus (March 30, 1971) and National Women’s Political Caucus (July 10, 1971).

Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” – Shirley Chisholm

Read: Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed (1970)

Hear Chisholm speaking in 1972: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzM8fgRDI24

Watch Shirley Chisholm on how she wanted to be remembered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31fzqYfqgGI

Learn more about women who ran for President: https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/president/president.html

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