Famous Firsts: Shirley Anita Chisholm

Shirley Anita Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York\’s 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party\’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party\’s presidential nomination. Look up her legislative record at: The U.S. House of Representatives.


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