The Chisholm Project

A repository of women's grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945

11/5/18 Fifty Years Ago Today She Made History

On this day in 1968, Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. She assembled a diverse, multi-lingual coalition of voters, using this strategy to win against better-known, better-funded opponent in James Farmer. Along her path to Congress, Chisholm mapped out the blueprint that has defined cultural milestones and progressive political victories ever since.

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