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Shirley Chisholm for President! #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! I found 3 posts of Shirley Chisholm on my blog and chose this one as my favorite one as they each highlighted different accomplishments. I literally love her and her tenacity, it reminds me of me; which is why many people told me to run for Congress. As we move forward as a people, it is women’s voices and actions that will elevate us. It will also be men, but it will be in unity with Black women. We will lead some battles and some men will lead others, but we will no longer erase Black women from history. Enjoy my favorite activist “auntie”, Shirley Chisholm! Happy Black History Month! I look forward to continuing to create Black history with you all, all year round.


Shirley Chisholm, a descendant of Bajans (Barbados) born and raised in New York City, is the first Black woman to ever be voted into United States Congress in 1968. She is a woman of many firsts. As the first Black Person and First Black woman to ever run for president of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party; she was “Unbought and Unbossed” as she titled her first published book. I resonate with her so much because I have the same sentiments, everything I do doesn’t need sponsorship or censorship, I move according to conviction on what’s right. Ms. Chisholm did the same.

Like many of us with parents from other countries, Shirley Chisholm spent time in Barbados which she credited for her strict education and structured upbringing. She credits her grandmother for giving her a sense of pride in herself that she didn’t need from others.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Chisholm worked as a teachers aide until gaining her masters degree in early childhood education. While directing a daycare; she became well known for her advocacy on early childhood issues. She had a spirit of advocacy which carried her through her time at the New York State Legislature & all the way until her time at Congress. She helped create many policies that directly affected disadvantaged people, such as the SEEK program (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) to the state, which provided disadvantaged students the chance to enter college while receiving intensive remedial education.

Ms. Chisholm ran for Congress with the slogan “unbought and unbossed” as she campaigned to women voters due to strong opposition from men. Her election to congress made her the first Black woman and only woman elected that year. She played a critical role in the creation of the SNAP food program for women and children, and expanded the food stamp program. As a member of the education and labor committee, she was the third highest ranking member. Half of Ms. Chisholm’s staff was black women, while she only hired women as staffers. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Later in her career, Shirley Chisholm decided to explore the option of running for president. She became the first black personality to run for presidency as part of a major party. Although criticized, she understood the dynamics of what she was running up against so it did not discourage her; she ended up finishing in 7th place. She is also the first woman to ever appear in a presidential debate.

The reason I look up to Ms. Shirley Chisholm is because like many Black women, she led the way. She kept herself high and did not let the discouragements of a majority stop her. Everything she did was to uplift and create change for underprivileged people, and she was not there for just politics. She stood her ground and even though the works may not talk about her much; she created a legacy that any Black woman who wants to be a politician can look up to. She shows us that it’s possible to be genuine and not follow the clear set rules; but break them in a good way to create lasting change.

I plan to follow in Ms. Chisholm’s footsteps; thank you for layout out the blueprint for young change makers like myself!

~Ndidi Love~

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Ode to Redemption #WordyWednesdays

Hello All! today is Wordy Wednesdays and I am featuring a motivational piece/poem that was originally published on April 30, 2019. Check it out below!

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As a society we’ve become institutionalized; if what we’re doing isn’t part of an institution, we don’t value it.

We’ve become contextualized, if we can’t measure it, we don’t value it.

It’s simply not African worldview.

If we only value ourselves within the framework of an institution that wasn’t created for us, we will never truly value ourselves & those like us.

Ex: I love my friends’ music whether she is signed to a label or not. I love my friends artwork whether it’s for sale or not.

We’ve lost the value of building each other up & encouraging each other along the way.

I’m good at this so I exclude myself. I work hard to value my people & the work we’re all doing to better ourselves. That’s African worldview.

I make sure I treat Black people with the upmost respect; whether they have a suit on or their pants are sagging. Whether they have on a long dress or their cleavage is swanging.

I make sure that I smile at my reflection, my reflection is those who look like me & share the same hair type as me. If I love myself then I love us, there’s no in-between.

I make sure I greet us with kindness & love; even those who have not done the same for me. We have to practice love of self = love of each other. As Black people we must do that.

I’m quick to make sure I hear my brethren & sistren; before hearing the narrative from another group that does not represent us.

I’m interested in our stories, our stories that are told by us & no other. When we tell our own stories, we get a greater picture.

I’m proud of all our accomplishments, whether accomplished in our framework or not. I’m proud of us.

I’m happy for the book smart & the street smart, we can all learn from one another.

I’m happy for the African & the African-American, we share the same vibration on two different lands.

I’m happy for the Caribbean & Afro-British, we share the same vibration that only we can understand.

I’m happy for I know our accomplishment is not in all we have done, but in what is to come.

Our redemption we will experience as one. 💛

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REQUESTED: How To Build Confidence During Quarantine

Hello All! I decided that I would share a story with you. People ask me all the time, how do you remain positive, how do you overcome when the rest of our are maintaining (these are real questions I’ve been asked). Well, I have your answer mates, I have put it in this video for you all to enjoy. Actually, I talk about it more in depth in “Decolonize Your Mind”, the first entry level class being offered as part of the Dear Black People Webinar Series. Register here!

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I am Not a Woman of Color

I’m Black! I’m African! I’m distinctly my race or ethnicity that separates me from any other “of color”….. I have no allies. Each issue faced by “of color” is amplified when it comes to black people, especially Black Women, so I need black solutions, not “of color” solutions

When the system, has systemically implemented laws and withheld resources that strategically impact black people, while other “of color” people are flourishing in those same areas, and have received their reparations, there is no “of color”, it’s systemic racism against blacks people. “Of color” doesn’t have the legacy of slavery that built the nations and groundwork for other “of color” to be free; so when it comes to us, it’s one color, black.

No “of color” shows up for our marches or shares their wealth with us. Should they? They got theirs, every man for himself, they’ll always protect theirs, so we have to protect ours. All the other “of color” are straight. When white people show up for our marches, they’re trying to be the hero, I have marched with them enough times to know.

We have the right to be about ourselves right now, it’s not selfish, it’s necessary. If your house was falling down would you go and pay for someone else’s to get fixed? Yea, doesn’t make sense to me either.

Register for Dear Black People™ Webinar Series; it’s an event you won’t forget, and a event you don’t want to miss! Your transformation will happen.

~Ndidi Love~