Shirley Chisholm


Hats off to Fannie Lou Hamer and Shirley Chisholm

When I think of the life and legacy of the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, my godmother, I’m often reminded of these comments by four great Black women beginning with Fannie Lou Hamer and Shirley Chisholm. Fannie Lou Hamer…. Is known as the lady who made the famous expression “I am...
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Women Challenging the Machine: Elizabeth Holtzman, Shirley Chisholm, and Bella Abzug

New York has not been an easy place for ambitious female politicians. Until this past August, every governor in the state’s almost-250-year history had been a man. A woman has never been elected mayor of New York City. Almost every woman who has won an election statewide—Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, and, potentially, Kathy Hochul—was first elevated to the post through a sudden vacancy. Sexism explains much of it. Bad luck matters, too. The expense of running for office here and the insular, chauvinistic nature of machine politics have frustrated female candidates for decades.

Toby Tales: Honoring Black History, Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. She became the first Black woman elected. into the U.S. congress in 1968. In an article written for the National Women’s History Museum website, Debra Michaels, Ph.D., said,. “Her motto and title of her autobiography, ‘Unbought and Unbossed,’ illustrates...

Celebrating the legacy of trailblazer Shirley Chisholm

Since 1976, the month of February has been designated National Black History Month, a time to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Black Americans and to honor those individuals who were instrumental in shaping our country. For me, this reflection on our past includes the acknowledgment that we still have work to do to ensure the American ideals of freedom […]

Why Shirley Chisholm made a visit to the University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Beck Cultural Exchange Center showcased a piece of history from the first African-American woman in Congress. It’s a VHS tape of Shirley Chisholm speaking at the University of Tennessee back in 1986. Chisholm was also the first woman to run for the Democratic party...

Feb 17: Brooklyn Black History Maker, Shirley Chisholm

As the first African American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman and African American to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Shirley Chisholm was a true trailblazer who remained Unbought and Unbossed — her motto and the title of her first book — throughout her life. Shirley...

BHM: Shirley Chisholm and the fight against food hunger

DELMARVA – Throughout the pandemic, it has been hard for some people to keep food on their tables. During times like this where money is tight, inflations on the rise, and food is more expensive than usual, some people are relying on the food bank to put food on their tables.

YouDay: Shirley Chisholm, and a seat at the table

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress, once said "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”. What an amazing statement. So many of us have tried to find our way in life, navigating through the terrain of emotions, trying to find a place of acceptance.

SYMHC Classics: Shirley Chisholm

This 2018 episode Shirley Chisolm, who was politically active starting during her college years. Her drive and desire to make positive change led her to many political firsts, including being the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed & Unbowed, Feb. 11-20

Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Aurora Theatre presents a special limited engagement of the award-winning, one-woman show Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed & Unbowed written and performed by Ingrid Griffith. The play chronicles the largely unheard story of Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born politician of immigrant parents who was the first African-American woman to win a seat in the U.S. Congress and run for the Presidency of the United States. They called her the black Joan of Arc. She called herself Fighting Shirley as she faced off against the political machine in the name of justice. A Trailblazer. A Visionary. A Woman for Our Time - It’s time you meet this 20th century politician who SHOOK UP America!