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Black History Month: Shirley Chisholm The First Black Woman To Run For President

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author.[1] In 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress,[2] and represented New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.[2]


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95828537
In her announcement speech, Chisholm said: "I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people, and my presence before you now symbolizes a new era in American political history."

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/201...n-history-honorable-shirley-chisholm-new-york

In 1972, Chisholm became widely known across the country when she became the first African American to seek a major party’s nomination for President of the United States. In doing so, she challenged countless norms and shattered innumerable barriers which had stood since the dawn of our republic. And it was far from easy. She had to sue her way into televised debates, and survived multiple assassination attempts along the way. Ms. Chisolm did not earn the Democratic Party’s nomination in 1972, but she did earn a place in history, along with the boundless respect of millions of Americans for her fundamental refusal to live life within the confines of society’s expectations. Through her example, future generations gain a better appreciation for what it means to control one’s own destiny.
By multiple they mean 4.



Thought it would be relevant since we are in the middle of an election cycle
 

Trojita

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She was also the first African American to run as well (which is mentioned in the text of the OP quotes).
 

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I'm really sad that this is the first time hearing about her. It would have been great to have someone like her running for president right now.
 

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Impressive person and facinating thread Slayven,
thanks for the info.

Has Shillery ever mentioned her yet?

Because of course your biggest concern when someone mention a major minority politician is to score brownie point against a candidate you hate.
Who cares about the subject matter, what is important is that everyone know the depth of your scorn for this candidate that you hate.
 

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Never knew about the assassination attempts. Very brave woman.

I wonder how long it would take before we could actually get a black woman to be elected president...looks like we're about to get both halves of that equation broken independently (Obama, Clinton) but I feel like black women in particular have even more of a stigma than black men or white women.
 
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Thanks Slay!

You should do more of these through out the month.

Agreed. I feel like every year the media only talks during BHM about George Washington Carver, J.P Knight ( Stoplight inventor ), and civil rights activists. I want to hear about some different people in black history month.
 
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I just had finished reading about her before I saw this thread. Didn't know about the assassination attempts prior, but damn that shit doesn't surprise me. First black person to run and when finally got the first in 2008. I wonder when we'll see another black person in office, a black woman at that.
 
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