We are excited to announce the opening of the very first major exhibit on the life and legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. The new exhibition, “Changing the Face of Democracy: Shirley Chisholm at 100” is co-curated by SCP Director Dr. Zinga A. Fraser in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. 

This exhibit is part of the Chisholm Project’s Centennial Celebration of Chisholm’s birthday. For over 17 years the Chisholm Project has been sole organization that has maintained an archive and public programming that ensures Chisholm political and historical legacy is remembered. This Spring we kicked off the celebration with the premiere of Netflix/ Participant feature Shirley, for which our director served as the historical consultant. The exhibit will feature a costume worn by Regina King in the 2024 Netflix film “Shirley”

Set against the backdrop of a dynamic period in Black, Caribbean, women’s and New York political history, “Changing the Face of Democracy” centers the story of Chisholm’s life and activism. The SCP’s centennial celebration is shining light on the importance of Chisholm’s change-making legacy in the context of the 2024 election. 

Portrait of Shirley Chisholm, 2022 by Sherman Beck. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta

This exhibit will open at the MCNY starting Friday, June 14th. The Museum is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St and opens at 10am Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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