Shirley Chisholm Day!


Celebrate Shirley Chisholm Day 11/30/11 by checking out The Shirley Chisholm Project’s online collection of oral history interviews with people who knew her well, including Richard Green, founder of the Crown Heights Youth Collective, who worked on Chisholm’s campaign; and feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, who ran as a Chisholm delegate to the 1972 democratic convention.

January 25, 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president, and launch a year-long, borough-wide celebration of this important Brooklynite  – stay tuned!

Intrepid political leader, Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn on November 30, 1924.  When she was three years old, she went to live in Barbados with her maternal grandmother, returning to Brooklyn about seven years later.  She graduated from Girls High School, followed by Brooklyn College, and then she earned a Master’s in Eduction from Columbia University.  In 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress, and she was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.  In 1972, Chisholm ran an inspiring campaign to be the Democratic presidential nominee – the race was ultimately Nixon v. McGovern (see campaign commercials here).

To learn more about Shirley Chisholm check out the 40th anniversary edition of her autobiography Unbought and Unbossed and the documentary film Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed by Shola Lynch.

Brooklyn College will celebrate Shirley Chisholm with an annual keynote address on 11/29/11 – this year’s speaker is Anita Hill.
More information on this event here.



Sady Sullivan

About Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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One Response to Shirley Chisholm Day!

  1. Todd says:

    After a moment of confusion, BHS Director of Oral History Sady Sullivan explained to me that officially Shirley Chisholm Day is November 30th (her birthday), but this year Brooklyn College and The Shirley Chisholm Project are celebrating today (11/29)! Happy Shirley Chisholm Day today AND tomorrow!

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