July 4, 2012
Brooklyn Magazine named Shirley Chisholm #5 in their 100 greatest Brooklynites of all time. She's next to Woody Allen, Woody Guthrie, Jackie Robinson and Walt Whitman.
While Chisholm’s name is certainly not as prominent as her fellow top ten great Brooklynites, her real-world accomplishments are as significant as any. Chisholm was a trailblazer: in 1968 she became the first black woman to be elected to the United States Congress, and was the first African-American to seek her party’s nomination for president. In the 1972 Democratic Primary she survived three assassination attempts, taking the courage of her convictions just about as far they’d go, a lesson in resolve that resonates still. Throughout her career, Chisholm was a passionate and tireless voice for those less fortunate, and most certainly left Brooklyn—and the world—a far better place than when she found it.