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Happy Black History Month!

Today I would like to honor the legacy of Shirley Chisholm. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to have a seat in Congress, she was also the first African-American woman, and the first woman, to run for president of the United States.

I watched a documentary on Shirley Chisholm and all I could think about was how much people talked about her character and not just her politics. Everyone said that she truly cared about people and that she would always give a listening ear. She was passionate but also very caring.

Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York to Barbadian parents. She was sent to Barbados to live as a child. In her adult life she ended up attending Columbia University and earning her masters in education from Columbia University. She earned the name “fighting Shirley”, because she thought on behalf of racial and gender inequality in public schools.

Ms. Chisholm was a member of many notable organizations. Including the national Association for the advancement of colored people NAACP. She cofounded the National Political Congress of Black Women.


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