Remembering Shirley Chisholm


As most of you probably know, Shirley Chisholm–the first black woman elected to Congress–died this past weekend. During her seven terms in the House, she was an outspoken champion of women’s rights.
Check out this piece in the NY Times which shows that while Chisholm didn’t always get the recognition she deserved, back home in Brooklyn she’s being remembered by her allies and opponents alike.
Also take a look at The Online Beat at The Nation, which has not only a great mini-history of Chisholm’s activism, but also includes this amazing quote from her 1972 run for Democratic presidential candidate:
I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people.

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