Shirley Chisholm, A Black History Icon!

Shirley Chisholm by Kadir Nelsom

Shirley Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. Later in life, she graduated from Brooklyn College in 1946 and became a teacher. Eventually, she earned a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Shirley Chisholm married Conrad Chisholm in 1949 until 1977. She would re-marry in 1986 to Arthur Hardwick Jr.

In August 1968, Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress as the Democratic National Committeewoman from New York. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party to run for President of the United States. Shirley Chisholm retired from Congress in 1983. She died on January 1, 2005 after suffering several strokes. Shirley Chisholm is an inspiration to girls and women who desire a career in politics. She’s an American Legend and Black History Icon!

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