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Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the ... more »

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  • It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and cert...
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), U.S. educator, congresswoman. Testimony, September 17, 1969, to House Select Committee on Crime.
  • ''Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.''
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Chisholm was the first African Amer...
  • We Americans have the chance to become someday a nation in which all radical stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, sociall...
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), U.S. educator, congresswoman. The Good Fight, ch. 14 (1973).
  • ''Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time. ...Its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.''
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 10 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor district o...
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