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#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.

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03/12/2020 9:59 AM
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62 comments

  • Rico J.
    03/21/2020 11:11

    She’s the most articulate politician i’ve ever heard.

  • Marco T.
    03/19/2020 05:50

    check this out. Blew my mind how awesome she was. I had no idea who she was until today.

  • Woody M.
    03/16/2020 15:42

    Great lady she needs to here today

  • Barkat A.
    03/16/2020 13:21

    Democrats have always cherish diversity but bows down to strong persons not popular s and have lost to liberals.

  • Ray C.
    03/16/2020 11:27

    Advise still relevant today

  • Shahid U.
    03/16/2020 06:53

    At least she had opened the gate of white house for Obama

  • Manuel B.
    03/15/2020 21:56

    it took a crook to rude her out as president she has the knowledge and the power

  • Clayton H.
    03/15/2020 21:04

    Look. She never made it thank GOD

  • En A.
    03/15/2020 12:34

    Very Intelligent I admire her strength

  • Kenya H.
    03/15/2020 12:01

    A Queen!

  • Allan W.
    03/15/2020 04:03

    Wow beautiful

  • Brittany B.
    03/15/2020 03:35

    This woman continues to inspire me as well as so many others 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 Queen Shirley Chisholm

  • Elijah M.
    03/15/2020 02:58

    THIS WOMAN,,THIS PERSON,,IS A PERSON OF INTEGRITY AND GUTS, SOMETHING WE NEED TODAY IN LEADERSHIP.. SAID, WITH NO INTENT,NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING FROM ANYONE ELSE ..FACT AND TRUTH I REMEMBER HER,,WE ALL SHOULD..

  • Bruce F.
    03/15/2020 02:40

    No!! The country must be run by somebody who represents the majority, specifically a true Americans - in this case, not by somebody else who has been brought up differently and has a different culture. It’s an absolutely ridiculous idea, it evens verges on theft and racism.

  • Rose T.
    03/15/2020 00:13

    She was our voice of reason she could've really made some wonderful changes and turned this country around.

  • Sandra S.
    03/14/2020 20:49

    Beautiful Amazing Lady 💖

  • Nadhem M.
    03/14/2020 19:47

    Wow! She sure speaks way Way WAY better then most episodes we get to watch of american politics. Eloquent & Articulate. Whatever happened from then to now ?!?!

  • Carl D.
    03/14/2020 19:34

    SHE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN AMERICA....

  • Eddie D.
    03/14/2020 18:50

    powerful blk queen!!💯🙏

  • Edith D.
    03/14/2020 18:45

    Loved her