#TBT: The first black female presidential candidate

"It is time that other peoples in America besides white males run for the highest office of this land." This was Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president in 1972.

First black female presidential candidate

Who was she?

Shirley Anita St. Hill was born on November 30, 1924, in Brooklyn to Caribbean immigrant parents. Her father was a factory laborer while her mother was a skilled seamstress and a domestic worker. She lived in Barbados from ages five to ten with her maternal grandmother where she got a very serious education. When she returned to Brooklyn, she attended Girls’ High School and later earned her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College. Known for her debate skills, she met and married Conrad Chisholm in the late 1940s. Shirley later taught nursery school and earned her masters in elementary education from Columbia University in 1952.

After becoming deeply involved with Division of Day Care and Friends Day Nursery, Chisholm became more involved in political clubs including the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League and the League of Women Voters. She led the pack as a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly for three years and her tenure included getting unemployment benefits extended to domestic workers and the introduction of a program to provide disadvantaged kids a chance at college while receiving special education. Her hard work led her to become the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968.

In Congress, she was known for creating a food stamp program expansion, becoming a high-ranking member of the Education and Labor Committee, founding both the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Women’s Political Caucus, and becoming Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus. She later met Arthur Hardwick Jr in 1977 and married him that year.

Chisholm began her presidential run in 1972, making her both the first black major-party candidate to run, and the first woman to run for a Democrat nomination. After receiving former Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s black delegates, Chisholm ended the primary in fourth place with 430,703 votes and 1 state won. Even after her retirement in 1982 and her death in 2005, Chisholm has inspired many groundbreaking female and black candidates in today’s government.


03/12/2020 9:59 AM


  • Nicholas D.
    09/03/2020 04:46

    should watch this. Or as I call them, Rhinestone and Polyester.

  • Roberto D.
    08/30/2020 23:07

    👍 women like her are needed these days in the USA.

  • Bonnie V.
    08/30/2020 16:46

    Imagine what today might be like if She won and the Nixon party never came to be

  • Blake R.
    08/29/2020 01:11

    SO was our last President not black... When did merit for anything have to do with skin color? Obama was elected I think simply because he was black and ran on the slogan of "bring change" then everyone simply put what they thought that should be in parenthesis. That is racist. To determine merit or value based upon skin color is racist, regardless of the color: white, black, or brown.

  • Lisa V.
    08/28/2020 18:19

    Dam..shes awesome

  • MJ D.
    08/28/2020 11:06

    Coke head

  • Christian C.
    08/28/2020 10:51

    Never heard of this guy...

  • אהרון י.
    08/28/2020 05:48

    She looks like Obama in drag... lmfao!

  • Tomon J.
    08/27/2020 02:54

    Smart Black Woman

  • Dale K.
    08/26/2020 23:01

    Our constitution said only white business owners can vote then the Marxists lawyers started changing our laws

  • Asmerom H.
    08/26/2020 16:03

    I have been a ghost writer for a lot of them.Wow , she incredible and extraordinary person.

  • Nathan H.
    08/20/2020 03:13

    If Democrats believed what she said to be true then why is Joe Biden their nominee for President?

  • Gina R.
    08/19/2020 04:08

    What a mind. I had forgotten how mezmering she was...

  • Mario N.
    08/18/2020 05:28

    Trump 2020 4 more great years!!!

  • Sanchez E.
    08/16/2020 17:53


  • Sanchez E.
    08/16/2020 14:01

    Bla! Bla! Bla! You didn’t win! And that was a good thing! 🙄👎

  • Sophie F.
    08/16/2020 06:31

    I had no idea she sounds amazing!

  • Sydney B.
    08/16/2020 00:58

    Makes me sad that she probably would’ve won that nomination if she was a white male! I’m thankful that she had a hand in not only females being able to walk the path to have the power to change our country, but for black people as well. So well spoken, intelligent, and 100% fit to lead the nation. It’s a shame she wasn’t able to show us what she could do as president.

  • David S.
    08/15/2020 23:28

    We Ready!!! Let's Go!!!

  • Pete D.
    08/15/2020 15:36

    She probably would have been the best president we ever had.

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