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Black History--Women of Courage: Shirley Chisholm

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As South Carolinians vote in the Democratic presidential primary, we thought it only fitting to introduce a woman who was the first black woman to run for president. Shirley Chisholm was active in politics, helping form the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League in New York City. In 1960, she started the Unity Democratic Club. It was instrumental in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters.

In 1964, Chisholm won a state assembly seat, where she proposed a bill to provide state aid to daycare centers and voted to increase funding for schools. Four years later, she became the first black woman elected to Congress. Chisholm hired an all-female staff and spoke out for civil rights, women's rights, the poor and against the Vietnam War. She was a sought-after public speaker.

In 1972, Chisholm ran for president. It was the first time a black woman was considered for the presidential nomination. She did not win, but did earn 152 first ballots at the Democratic National Convention. George McGovern won the party nomination.

She served in the House of Representatives until 1982. She retired from politics and moved to Florida and remains active working as a lecturer, teacher and political mentor.

That's why we honor Shirley Chisholm, a woman of courage.

Reported by: Dawn Baker,


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