Shirley Chisholm (1972) “Unbought and Unbossed”

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first Black and female presidential candidate of a major party.  She was also the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968.  She was well aware of the intersection of race and gender and feminist/womanist thought was embedded in her rhetoric.

It saddened me that people overlooked her role in history during President Obama’s campaign.  She had died a mere 4 years before the inauguration of the United States’ first African-American president.

Nevertheless, she is not forgotten.  I honor her legacy.  It is rare to find a politician with moral fortitude, character and honesty.

1 Comment

  1. Love me some Shirley Chisholm! She and Cynthia McKinney are two of my favorite presidential candidates, though the latter was not supported by a major party.

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