Black History Month Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was a seven-term congresswoman from New York City. In 1972, Chisholm who said she was “Unbought and Unbossed,” became the first major-party black candidate, and the first woman from the Democratic Party, to run for President of the United States. While some saw her campaign as symbolic and unorganized, she ended up gaining 152 delegates in a race that ultimately went to George McGovern. Chisholm left the House in 1983 and died in 2005.  In 2015, Obama posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Instead of writing a long bio, check out this video more details about Shirley Chisholm and why she’s important to black history.

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