Black History Month

Shirley Chishlom

25th January 1972:  US Representative Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn announces her entry for Democratic nomination for the presidency, at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. Manhattan borough president Percy Sutton applauds at right.  (Photo by Don Hogan Charles/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

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25th January 1972: US Representative Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn announces her entry for Democratic nomination for the presidency, at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. Manhattan borough president Percy Sutton applauds at right. (Photo by Don Hogan Charles/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Naomi Thomas, Staff Writer

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress. In 1972 she was the first major party female African-American candidate for president of the United States. Chisholm retired from Congressional office to become a teacher and public speaker. At the age of 80 Chisholm past on January 1, 2005. Recently, in 2015 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines… You make progress by implementing ideas.”

— Shirley Chisholm