Saturday, August 16, 2008

Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005

Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005
Thanks to Christopher Neill of SanFranciscoforObama for reminding us that Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to make a run for the Oval Office.

“Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, died on Saturday night at her home in Ormond Beach, Fla. She was 80. She had suffered several strokes recently, according to a former staff member, William Howard.

Mrs. Chisholm was an outspoken, steely educator-turned-politician who shattered racial and gender barriers as she became a national symbol of liberal politics in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Over the years, she also had a way of making statements that angered the establishment, as in 1974, when she asserted that ‘there is an undercurrent of resistance’ to integration ‘among many blacks in areas of concentrated poverty and discrimination’ — including in her own district in Brooklyn….taken from “La Shawn Barber’s Corner

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