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Shirley Chisholm Posters, Books, Video, Audio, Links for Learning
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Shirley Chisholm, Library of Congress
Shirley Chisholm,
Library of Congress




Shirley Chisholm
b. 11-30-1924; Brooklyn, NY
d. 1-1-2005

In 1968 Shirley Chisholm, teacher, civil rights activist and politician, became the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. In 1972, Chisholm became the first black woman to run for president supported by blacks, feminists, and young voters.



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Shirley Chisholm, Pioneers of Women's Rights Poster Series
Shirley Chisholm
Pioneer of Women's Rights Poster Series

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Shirley Chisholm

“I ran because someone had to do it first. In this country everyone is suppoed to be able to run for president, but that's never been really true. I ran because most people think the country isn't ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday...”

Shirley Chisholm has made history more than once in her long and impressive career. In 1968, she became the first black woman to be elected to Congress. In 1972, she made history again when she became both the first African American and the first woman to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Chisholm was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Before she ran for office, she worked as a teacher and administrator in child care centers. Her work with poor children spurred her desire to enter politics. Chisholm served in the New Yourk State Assembly and then she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the House from 1969 to 1983. Her motto is "unbought and unbossed," and she kept her strong and independent stand in Congress. She fought for issues such as better day care and employment programs to improve the lives of low-income people in the inner cities. Chisholm said she entered the presidential race to guarantee that the Democratic Party's pick for president would not be a strictly “white, male decision”. By running for president, she hoped to make voters and politicians aware of issues whe felt strongly about. Shirley Chisholm has worked hard for education, peace, and civil rights, and she has often spoken out against discrimination in housing and employment. Chisholm continues to be an active member of many women's and political groups and an inspiring and powerful voice for tolerance and equality for all people. “When I die, I don't want to be known as the first black woman who was elected to the Congress, although I am. I don't want to be known as the first woman, who happened to be black, to make a serious bid for the presidency, although I am. I want to known as a woman who lived in the 20th century, who happened to be black, and was a major catalyst for change for women. That's how I want to be remembered.” (poster published prior to 2005)

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Shirley Chisholm, Great Black Americans Poster Series
Shirley Chisholm
Great Black Americans

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Shirley Chisholm,
b. 11-30-1924; Brooklyn, NY
d. 1-1-2005

Poster Text: "I'm 'fighting Shirley Chisholm,' and I'm unbought and unbossed." That was how U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm usually introduced herself to crowds. It was a very good description. Shirley Chisholm has always been a fighter, with very strong opinions and very little patience for people who fought the idea of change. Because of this, she has been called difficult and stubborn. But the many children Shirley Chisholm taught in day care classes, and the many people she helped while she was in Congress know her as a warm and caring person who always took the time to listen to them.

Shirley Chisholm was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents came to America from Barbados, in the West Indies. Even as a child, Shirley was bossy and independent. Her mother often complained that she could not take her eye off Shirley for a minute. Whe she was still only three, Shirley was sent with her sisters to live with her gandmother in Barbados. This allowed her mother to hold a job, and it gave Shirley the chance to be educated in the strict Barbados schools. In 1934, Shirley and her sisters returned to New York. More than anything else, Shirley loved to read. She read many books by or about famous blacks like Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. In college, Shirley slowly began to grow aware of the unfair treatment of blacks, and this made her both angry and determined to work for change.

This desire soon led Shirley into politics. At first, she worked on the campaigns of other black candidates. At the same time, she worked as a teacher. But in 1964, whe was elected to the New York State Assembly. And in November of 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, Shirley worked to stop discrimination in housing and employment. And she continued to speak out in favor of equality for women. In 1972, she ran for President as a Democrat and lost. But Shirley always said the real reason she ran was not to win, but to draw attention ito the issues she felt strongly about. Shirley Chisholm has always been a pioneer, and her message is simple: Don't listen to those who say, “you can't.” Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, “I can.” (poster published prior to 2005)

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Shirley Chisholm Quotes:

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do . . . Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
~~~
"When I die, I don't want to be known as the first black woman who was elected to the Congress, although I am. I don't want to be known as the first woman, who happened to be black, to make a serious bid for the presidency, although I am. I want to known as a woman who lived in the 20th century, who happened to be black, and was a major catalyst for change for women. That's how I want to be remembered."
~~~
"I'm unbought and unbossed."


SHIRLEY CHISHOLM BOOKS, VIDEO, AUDIO

Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman -

Shirley Chisholm, Teacher and Congresswoman -

Black Americans in Congress, 1870-1989 - Begins at a time when most blacks lived in slavery & were barred from the political process & ends with the influential era of the 1980s describing the effects of black members of the Congress. Includes: Ed Brooke, Shirley Chisholm, John Conyers, Ron Dellums, Mike Espy, William Gray, Augustus Hawkins, Barbara Jordan, Ralph Metcalfe, Kweisi Mfume, Robert Nix, Sr., Major Owens, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Charles Rangel, Gus Savage, Louis Stokes, Harold Washington, Andrew Young, Jr. & more. Photo or painting of each member.

The Honorable Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman from Brooklyn -
A biography of the schoolteacher who became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress.

The Daily Show with John Stewart Presents America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction -
American-style democracy is the world's most beloved form of government, which explains why so many other nations are eager for us to impose it on them. But what is American democracy? In America (The Book), Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writing staff offer their insights into our unique system of government, dissecting its institutions, explaining its history and processes, and exploring the reasons why concepts like one man, one vote, government by the people, and every vote counts have become such popular urban myths. Topics include: Ancient Rome: The First Republicans; The Founding Fathers: Young, Gifted, and White; The Media: Can it Be Stopped?; and more!

Chisholm '72 - Unbought & Unbossed DVD


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