Black History Month: Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

Shirley Chisholm, educator, congresswoman, and activist

The best of us must be remembered everyday, but Black History Month gives us a chance to remember those that encouraged us all to greatness.  Shirley Chisholm is truly one of our richest treasures that gave America another way to think and explore the African American soldiers born of the civil rights era.  But, Shirley Chisholm had long blazed a trail of greatness before the civil rights movement.  In 1973, she could’ve very well ended up being our President.

The US representative and activist born Shirley St. Hill on November 30, 1924 in New York City started out as an educator.  She earned her Master’s in elementary education from Columbia University.  She was director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center from 1953 to 1959.  She went on to become an educational consultant for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare from 1959 to 1964. 

In 1969, she became the first black congresswoman and served seven terms.  She was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in that same year.  She made her bid for President in 1972, although, there were three assassination attempts made on her life.  She will forever be known as educator extraordinaire and champion to our children and people.  Read more here.

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