Black HERstory: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (b. November 30, 1924 – d. January 1, 2005)

Brooklyn native Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress and first woman to run for Democratic presidential nomination. “Throughout her tenure in Congress, Chisholm worked to improve opportunities for inner-city residents. She was a vocal opponent of the draft and supported spending increases for education, health care and other social services, and reductions in military spending.” She was a pioneer and an inspiration to all African/Latin American women.

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