The Shirley Chisholm Project is proud to announce our partnership with the Museum of the City of New York to produce the first major exhibit centering the life and legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

Beyond her well-known political feats, Chisholm’s impact resonates deeply, transcending both her congressional district in Brooklyn and the U.S. stage. Now, as we enter another major election year, this is a poignant moment to showcase the depth of her role, not just as a catalyst for change among the political establishment of the time, but also as bold inspiration for a new wave of people running for office and engaging with our democratic political institutions on the local and national level

—Dr. Zinga A. Fraser on the exhibit
The Museum of the City of New York

Co-curated by SCP director Dr. Zinga A. Fraser and Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism Dr. Sarah Seidman, “Changing the Face of Democracy” is designed to commemorate the Congresswoman’s 100th birthday. The exhibit will chart Chisholm’s path from her childhood in Brooklyn and Barbados, her consequential political career, the diverse progressive coalition she helped to build, and the way that coalition continues to shape politics and society today.

The exhibit will officially open on June 14th, 2024.

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