Shirley Chisholm for President 1972: Unbought and Unbossed
In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She advocated for minority rights, strongly opposed the Vietnam War and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She would serve seven terms in office.
In 1972, Chisholm became the first African-American to make a run for a major party’s presidential nomination. Later, in her book, The Good Fight, she wrote, “I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.”
Today we honor a true pioneer, a catalyst for change in America! Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born on November 30th, 1924 in Brooklyn New York to Barbadian parents. She was a nursery school teacher and later became a director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center. She then became an educational consultant for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare. Ms. Chisholm became involved in several organizations including the League of Women Voters and the Seventeenth Assembly District Democratic Club sparking her interest in politics. She ran for New York State Assembly and was elected in 1964. What she’s best known for is becoming the first African American congresswoman in 1968! She represented New York in the U.S. House of Representative for seven terms. Ms. Chisholm was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Unfortunately most forget that Shirley Chisholm ran for the 1972 Democratic nomination for presidency of the United States and became the first major-party African American and woman to run! Shirley Chisholm paved the road for African American politicians today! Let us celebrate this remarkable woman not only just today but everyday! We need more trailblazers like Ms. Chisholm!
One more legend to acknowledge today: the great Shirley Chisholm, was born on this day in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. The congresswoman is shown on November 6, 1968, the day after she became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Photo: AP.
Remembering “unbought and unbossed” Shirley Chisholm, who became the first woman AND the first African American to run for the nomination of a major party for President of the United States in 1972. <3
“Shirley Chisholm made history in 1968 by becoming the first African-American woman elected to Congress, beginning the first of seven terms in the House of Representatives. In 1969 she became one of the founding members of what would become the Congressional Black Caucus. Not satisfied, Chisholm went on to make history yet again, becoming the first major-party African-American female candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972. She was a champion of minority education and employment opportunities throughout her tenure in Congress. After leaving Congress in 1983, Chisolm taught at Mount Holyoke College and frequently lectured and gave speeches at colleges and universities throughout the country.” The White House, Office of the Press Secretary