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Celebrating Black History Month

This being a presidential election year, I thought it fitting to share the first black woman to ever run for president of the United States.


Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968, where she served 7 terms and "introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation and championed racial and gender equality, the plight of the poor, and ending the Vietnam War. She was a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971, and in 1977 became the first Black woman and second woman ever to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee." She ran for presidential election in 1972, where she was met with discrimination, including being blocked from being allowed to participate in televised debates.


This woman was a fighter and an unapologetic catalyst for change. Chisholm was the daughter of immigrant parents from Guyana and Barbados, showing the contribution of immigrants in this country have made an amazing impact, specifically when it comes to fighting for equality.

You can read her story here.


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