On February 25th, ASALH will co-sponsor a very special in-person “matinee” featuring the new critically-praised play Campaign 72, based on the life of Shirley Chisholm, who defied expectations when she became the first Black woman to run a major campaign for President in 1972. The play will take place at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Washington, DC to be followed by a dynamic discussion panel on what planners are calling “The Chisholm Effect.” Campaign 72 is produced by the Multi-Media Training Institute, a DC-based non-profit, youth and young adult training, and production company. 

Dr. Zinga A. Fraser, the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project, will moderate the panel. It will include Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Aprill Turner of Higher Heights for America and Angela Tate of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The term “The Chisholm Effect” was originally coined by Higher Heights for America, an political action committee dedicated to documenting and supporting the growth of Black women in politics. Along with Rutgers Univ. and The Center for American Women and Politics, they established a report on Black women in electoral politics by the same name.



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