Yesterday Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm would have turned 92 years old. Chisholm devoted her life to serve for anyone feeling injustice no matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. She believed to be a catalyst for change and had she not pave the way perhaps this world would be different. She remained unbought and unbossed, fighting for justice for all.
Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924. Chisholm spent part of her childhood in Barbados with her grandmother. Chisholm graduated from Brooklyn College in 1946 and began her career as a teacher. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in elementary education from Columbia University. She served as director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center from 1953 to 1959, and as an educational consultant for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare from 1959 to 1964.
In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswoman representing New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. In 1972 she made a historic run to become the democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States, becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to do so. Despite not winning the nomination, she helped paved the way for the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to enter high offices in government. Chisholm ultimately left Congress in 1983 to go back to teaching. She died in Florida in 2005.
Tracie Strahan sits down with Zinga A. Fraser, PhD the director of the Shirley Chisholm Project at Brooklyn College, to discuss Chisholm’s legacy and how the project honors her.
To watch the interview click here.
You’re invited to attend our annual Shirley Chisholm Day on Tuesday November 29th at the Woody Tanger Auditorium held at the Brooklyn College library! This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Sherie Randolph. Dr. Randolph is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the founder of the Black Feminist Think Tank.
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For more information: Contact – Zinga Fraser, PhD
Director of The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn’s Activism, 1945 – Present
(718) 951–5000 ext. 1722
The month of November isn’t just important for our nation but also for the Shirley Chisholm Project!
Brooklyn Historical Society Interviews Chisholm Project Director Zinga Fraser (Link to podcast click here)
Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project was chosen to be featured in the 7th episode of Flatbush + Main, a monthly podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history. Co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, historians at Brooklyn Historical Society asked Dr. Fraser about Shirley Chisholm’s historical run for president of the United States of America.
Interview with BBC Africa – Date and airing of interview has yet to be released
Check back for more events to be added. We hope to see you!
For an Election Day treat, director of the Shirley Chisholm Project Zinga Fraser will make a keynote speech to NYC teachers at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency of the United States offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the women politicians who helped pave the way. Join Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, as she discusses three political trailblazers: Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in the US Congress, Bella Abzug, the second Jewish woman elected to Congress, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party to run for vice president. Liz Abzug, Bella’s daughter, Donna Zaccaro, Geraldine’s daughter, and Zinga Fraser, PhD, the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project will join the conversation.
Zinga Fraser, PhD, Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project
Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books will be for sale with a 15% discount. If you have any questions, contact Laura Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 518-3032.
You’re invited to attend Shirley Chisholm Day 2016 held in the Woody Tanger Auditorium ar the Brooklyn College library! Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sherie Randolph.
Dr. Randolph is an associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the founder of the Black Feminist Think Tank. Formerly an associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Randolph’s book Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical, published by the University of North Carolina Press (October 2015), examines the connections between the Black Power, civil rights, New Left and feminist movements.
The former Associate Director of the Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College, has received several grants and fellowships for her work, most recently being awarded fellowships from Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Randolph teaches courses on social movements, black feminist theory, gender, race and incarceration, Black Power, African American history, and women’s history. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she was the Ella Baker Visiting Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Randolph is currently researching and writing her second book ”Free Them All”: African American Women Political Exiles in Cuba.
On behalf of The Shirley Chisholm Project we’d like to pass our condolences to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s family and friends.
After announcing his battle with cancer last week, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson died at the age of 50.
Ken Thompson started his career when he became a federal prosecutor with the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. His passion for advocacy in promoting racial justice led him to become the first black district attorney of Brooklyn. He also served as special assistant to the U.S. Treasury Department Undersecretary for Enforcement in Washington, D.C., and in the General Counsel’s office at the Treasury.
“Ken was a dedicated public servant who embodied the highest principles of the law, and his grand presence will be sorely missed,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “With a life and promise cut far too short, our city was blessed with but a glimpse of Ken’s unwavering commitment to justice and his unrivaled pursuit of a more fair system for all those he served.”
Thompson presided over the prosecution against Police Officer Peter Liang in the accidental shooting death of Akai Gurley at the Pink Houses. His most prominent case was representing an African-born hotel housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, who accused the French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her in a Manhattan hotel room in 2011.
Thompson was a native New Yorker who graduated magna cum laude from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his law degree from the NYU Law School, where he earned the prestigious Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for his contributions to the law school community.
Thompson is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lu-Shawn Thompson; his two children, Kennedy and Kenny; and his mother, father, brother and sister.
Zinga A. Fraser is an Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies Department at Brooklyn College. Dr. Fraser is also the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism at Brooklyn College. Professor Fraser is currently completing her manuscript titled, Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Black Women’s Politics in the Post Civil Rights Era. Professor Fraser‘s work focuses on African American and Women’s Politics, Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. social movements and Race and Inequality. She previously served at the Women’s and Gender Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Brooklyn College. She holds a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University with a specialization in Race, Politics and Culture, and a Master’s of Arts from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, where she was a Paul Robeson Fellow.
She has published works in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and She
Society, the Association of Black Women’s Historians and Phillis: A Journal of African American Women’s History. She has received awards from the American Political Science Association in 2014 on Minority and Urban Politics. In addition Professor Fraser has received the Zora Neale Hurston Award Excellence in Writing Award for Social Sciences at Columbia University and numerous awards and fellowships. Dr. Fraser has also worked as a Legislative staffer on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman Major R. Owens.
Media inquiries see – www.zingafraser.com