The Chisholm Project has dedicated 2013-2014 to Shirley Chisholm – the pubic school teacher. The Project congratulates Chicago teachers, for their leadership in our struggle for equality and democracy in public education. Remember Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union is the Shirley Chisholm Day speaker November 19th at Brooklyn College.
Professor Barbara Winslow, Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project has been awarded the 2013 Brooklyn College Eric M. Steinberg Award for College Citizenship. This award is presented to a full-time faculty member for meritorious service chiefly to Brooklyn College, but also for fulfillment of the college’s mission in its relationships with communities in the Greater New York area and beyond.
As part of The Chisholm Project’s dedication to the support of teachers , we would like to highlight the Harlem Project, a teaching tool created by graduates of The University at Albany SUNY’s secondary education master’s program. David Brown, Nathan Farrell, and Jonathan Glisson graduated in 2007 and put together this project to promote primary and secondary sources in the classroom. Their project’s site states, “We want our students to think like historians and come to conclusions based on their own interpretations of history.”
For the Harlem Project, Brown, Farrell and Glisson compiled information on Shirley Chisholm, Hamilton Fish and Langston Hughes. They’ve provided links within the Project’s site for each of these prominent figures as well as lesson plans that require students to interpret and analyze the documents. Please check out the site and especially the section on Shirley Chisholm!
The Shirley Chisholm Project would like to announce Mark Naison’s record of a lifetime of activism will be deposited in the Brooklyn Historical Society Archives this summer. Professor Naison’s life work spans involvement with many important organizations and movements, from Columbia CORE and SDS in the 60′s, to the 40 plus years of work building Black Studies at Fordham College, to Bronx initiatives including Sports for the People and Save a Generation, to his fifteen years coaching and running sports programs in Brooklyn for the St. Saviour’s/78 PCT Youth Council, to his more recent advocacy for the Occupy Movement and education activism. The Chisholm Project applauds the career of Professor Naison, which also includes the authorship of three books. Please visit his blog to read more from him! Congratulations, Mark!
In 2013, The Shirley Chisholm Project is dedicated to honoring Shirley Chisholm- the teacher and the signifying the struggle for public education. Recently, the Chisholm Project was one of the supporters of the conference, Reclaiming the Conversation on Education held at Barnard College. This project is focused on providing a forum for and promoting the voice of educators concerned about the education system’s focus on testing and standardization. For more about the event, which took place on May 4th, and updates visit here.
Earlier this month, The Shirley Chisholm Project was proud and excited to host Harriet Smith at the Brooklyn College Library’s exhibit, Shirley Chisholm: The Catalyst for Change. Mrs. Smith met Ms. Chisholm in high school and they attended Brooklyn College together in the 1940s. The Chisholm Project is happy to announce Mrs. Smith, Brooklyn College class of 1948, will be interviewed for the Chisholm oral history project by Project Director, Professor Barbara Winslow. Her inclusion to this archive will be added to the 15 interviews already available for you to stream here on our site!
This picture was taken at the moment when Mrs. Smith saw herself sitting next to Shirley Chisholm in a photograph of IPOTHIA members, the African American sorority founded by Ms. Chisholm. The exhibit, Shirley Chisholm: The Catalyst for Change ends May 8th but the College Archives has an extensive collection of materials on Ms. Chisholm, please contact them at (718) 951-5346 for more information.
This weekend, Jennifer J. Armiger, the president of the National Organization for Women of New Jersey received the Shirley Chisholm Award in Higher Education. The Chisholm Project wishes to congratulate President Armiger. You can read more about the event here.
March is Women’s History Month! Currently, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are adding to our rich heritage by defending the Voting Rights Act of 2006. Read here for a fascinating account, written by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, of how things played out in Court last Wednesday. Also, be sure to check out womenshistorymonth.gov for more inspirational stories and photos.