Who We Are:

The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism is a repository of women’s grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945 and ongoing in the present.


In the spirit of Chisholm’s legacy as a path-breaking community and political activist, the archive follows the many paths she pioneered by including materials representing the wide range of women’s grassroots activism throughout the borough.

The archive consists of documents and other materials, including oral histories from people who knew or worked with Chisholm and from the extraordinary diversity of women’s activist organizations in Brooklyn since 1945. Housed in the Brooklyn College Library, it is a resource for students of all ages, community activists, public policy experts, scholars, and the general public. The archive will expand our understanding of women’s place in history and of the significance and consequence of social activism itself.

In addition to creating a vibrant historical archive, the project is actively engaged in maintaining the political legacy of Shirley Chisholm in New York City, the nation and around the globe. We do this through a wide range of free and public educational events that are designed to illuminate the Congresswoman’s impact on politics and society as well as the issues she championed through her lifetime of activism. 


Contact Information

The Shirley Chisholm Project
Brooklyn Women’s Activism, 1945 to the Present
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
3107b James Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Director: Zinga A. Fraser, Ph.D.
Phone: 718.951.5000, ext. 1772
Email: chisholmproject@brooklyn.cuny.edu