Born: November 30, 1924, Brooklyn – Died: January 1, 2005, Florida
I was the first American citizen to be elected to Congress in spite of the double drawbacks of being female and having skin darkened by melanin. When you put it that way, it sounds like a foolish reason for fame. In a just and free society it would be foolish. That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black and a woman proves, I think, that our society is not yet either just or free. – Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
Spouse: Arthur Hardwick
Education: Columbia University
Books: Unbought and unbossed
Appears in: Chisholm `72: Unbought & Unbossed