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Blacks in Politics, Part 1

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Shirley Chisholm, 25 January 1972

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Following a successful term in the New York Assembly, in 1968 Shirley Anita Chisholm became the first black woman to be elected to Congress. This historic event was followed shortly after by Chisholm's announcement on 25 January 1972 that she would run for President. Chisholm did not win the Democratic Party nomination in her race against fellow democrats George McGovern, George Wallace, and Hubert Humphrey but she did receive 151 ballots at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. In her words, her run for the presidency was "to demonstrate sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo." After her run for presidency, Chisholm continued as the New York State Representative until 1982.

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