Today in History: Shirley Chisholm Becomes First Black Woman Elected to Congress

Shirley Chisholm

On this day in 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes first Black woman to be elected to Congress, representing Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC.

She was an American politician, educator, and author.

She was a Congresswoman, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.

On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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