28 Days of Black History Month (February 18th)
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. Shirley Chisholm was an Educator, Politician & Author she was mostly famous for being the first African American Congress Woman. Representing the New York State delegation in Congressional District 12. Shirley was a pioneer on many fronts including becoming the first African American man or woman to run for the Presidency from a major political party (Democrat). In 1972 she received 152 1st ballot votes. Shirley was a graduate of Brooklyn College in 1946, known for her outspoken nature she was also a member of the school debate team. Shirley was very active in her community, she also was Director of several Day Care Centers in NYC.
Shirley was a major proponent of Education, especially in minority communities. As a NYS Assembly Women she brought fourth the SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) program. This program allowed for kids to continue the education after High School while being further taught remedial classes to strengthen their performance in college. A strong advocate for Womens’ causes as well, she was very instrumental in the creation of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program. This program provides basic nutrition for Pregnant women as well as small children. She won her seat on congress on June 18th, 1968 under the mantra “Unbrought & Unbossed” which would also serve as the title of her Autobiography in 1970. Many people will say that her Presidential run was all about fluff. It may have been more symbolic in nature, but it proved one thing Mrs. Chisholm was a fighter, Risk taker & certainly not afraid to take a stand for what she believed in. On January 1st, 2005 she passed away from complications from a stroke at the tender age of 80 a life well lived.
Run Shirley Run! most people wouldn’t run to be President of their PTA. Shirley wasn’t bashful, Afraid or timid. She represented that true Brooklyn attitude of going full speed ahead. The only defeat in an honest effort is not giving it your all. From one Brooklynite to another RIP Congress Woman Chisolm & #Thankyou.