The Chisholm Project

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

Remembering Chisholm’s Triumph of 1968

On November 5th 1968, Shirley Chisholm braved personal adversity & significant political obstacles to defeat renowned civil rights leader James Farmer and become the first Black woman elected to Congress of the United States. She launched her campaign with the hopes and support of Brooklyn’s underrepresented and dispossessed. Once winning her election to Congress she sought to be a stateswoman for the  people. Today, the Chisholm Project, established in her honor, continues to preserve her memory as it has done for over 16 years.

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