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 email@example.com 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.