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Shirley Chisholm


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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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  • ''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...
  • ''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...
  • ''Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference.''
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor African Am...
  • ''... all Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.''
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor African Am...
  • ''I don't measure America by its achievement, but by its potential.''
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician and feminist. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 16 (1970).
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