Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: BLACK WOMEN AND PARTY POLITICS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
6:00PM to 7:30PM
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Professor Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Dr. Nadine Wedderburn
SUNY Empire State College

Students' Presentation: Black Women and Political Leadership, 2020 Prof. Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University

  • Kiya McDuffie Cornell University Class of 2021
  • Solomon Lawrence Cornell University Class of 2021
  • Akosa I. Nwadiogbu
  • Cornell University Class of 2023
  • Emily Hollis Cornell University Class of 2021
  • Emma R. Diller Cornell University Class of 2023

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This event is to honor the life and legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm her leadership and activism, as well as to underscore the ways in which Chisholm has paved the way for thousands of women to seek public office in the New York State and the wider United States.

THE LIFE OF SHIRLEY CHISHOLM

In 1964, Chisholm was elected to the New York state legislature, and was the second African–American woman to serve in Albany. She spent four years as an assembly member before winning the historical Congressional seat that would lead to her representing her constituents and neighbors in New York’s 12th district for seven consecutive terms. Her campaign motto of “unbought and unbossed” became the title of her autobiography. The phrase is often used as a tribute to Chisholm’s spirit and determination. Throughout her political career and her years spent as a teacher, Chisholm fought for education opportunities, food programs for school children, and charged against social injustices. She served on the Education and Labor committees and was instrumental in the founding of both the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971 and the National Women’s Political Caucus the following year. In 1972, Chisholm again made history when she declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. She campaigned across the country, and became known as the “candidate for the people.”

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Dr. La Tasha A. Brown
Program Manager
Shirley A. Chisholm Center for Equity Studies
55 Hanson Place, 9th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(845) 563-9905 ext. 3458 | (845) 391-5009