Exactly 50 years ago today, Shirley Chisholm made history by becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress. At only 43 years old she was representing New York’s 12th Congressional District, which she held for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
In 1972, she also became the first African American major-party candidate to run for President of the United States — she was also the first woman to run for Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Chisholm was a fearless fighter for education, voting rights, equality and was famously “unbought and unbossed.”
Let the quotes below inspire you to get out and vote tomorrow.
10 Powerful Quotes From Shirley Chisholm On This Election Eve was originally published on newsone.com
I always loved this Shirley Chisholm quote: “I am literally and figuratively a dark horse.” https://t.co/lNsiKYh2L7— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) July 12, 2016
Shirley Chisholm Quote pic.twitter.com/Ffapsb92sC— David O Valenzuela (@Yecora51) August 19, 2014
Our quote today is from the American politician and author Shirley Chisholm pic.twitter.com/3vACrLVNoN— Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) January 27, 2017
“Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.” A quote from Shirley Chisholm, presented by Rachel Thomas, Co-Founder and President of @LeanInOrg 👊💥 #RaiseYourVoice 👉 https://t.co/oh1F3Ujeli pic.twitter.com/UoOD2nEtsL— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) February 7, 2018
Good people, I leave you tonight w a quote from Shirley Chisholm. She is one of the portraits to frame the ERA Mosaic project. Nite, All pic.twitter.com/lajegqZfOJ— Quaker Nana (@🏠) (@QuakerNana) August 22, 2017