The spotlight today is on Shirley Anita Chisholm (nee St. Hill), the first African-American Congresswoman and the first woman and first black person to seek a major American political party's nomination for President. In 1972, during her campaign for the Democratic nominee for President, Congresswoman Chisholm addressed the members of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Washington, DC at our then headquarters on Delafield Place, NW, DC (a piece of our own history).
Her Caribbean roots run deep, her father was from Guyana and her mother from Barbados. During her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was an outspoken advocate for women and minorities. Of her legacy, Chisholm said, “I want to be remembered as a woman … who dared to be a catalyst of change.” (National Women's History Museum-Debra Michals, 2015)
Click here to purchase her autobiography “Unbought and Unbossed”: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition.
For more information on her life and legacy, see:
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Claudia and Angela