Day 16 - The First African American Woman In Congress


Shirley Chisholm was born in in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924. She was an American politician, educator, and author. She would make history in 1968 when she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress.

In 1969, Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She would make history again, when she became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency. She ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972.

After leaving Congress in 1983, she taught at Mount Holyoke College. Chisholm died January 1, 2005. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 2015.

And THAT is Junior's Black History Month Fact Of The Day!

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