The Shirley Chisholm Project’s Oral Histories include a wide array of testimonies that are relevant to the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm, Brooklyn political history, and women’s social activism in general. This collection features interviews from friends, colleagues and contemporaries of Shirley Chisholm. It also features academics, activists, public officials and Brooklyn College students whose insights frame Chisholm’s work in a contemporary context.

All of the videos you see here are also available on the Chisholm Project’s Youtube channel.

CHISHOLM DAY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: 

DONNA BRAZILE: Donna Brazile is a political strategist who served as campaign manager for Democratic Presidential Nominee Al Gore in 2000. She served as the interim Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee in 2011. Brazile served as our keynote speaker on Chisholm Day 2010

ANITA HILL: Professor Anita Hill is an attorney and scholar. She entered the national stage in 1991 when she testified against the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. After her testimony, she became an activist on behalf of victims of sexual harassment. Professor Hill served as the keynote speaker for Chisholm Day 2011. 

KAREN LEWIS: Karen Lewis is the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, local 1 of the American Federation of Teachers. Lewis served as the keynote speaker for Chisholm Day 2013

AL SHARPTON: Rev. Sharpton was the keynote speaker for Chisholm Day 2014.

 

ROBIN D.G. KELLEY: Kelley is a historian and served as the keynote speaker for Chisholm Day 2015.

SHERIE RANDOLPH: Randolph is a historian and Black Feminist scholar who served as keynote speaker for Chisholm Day 2016

GLORIA STEINEM: Gloria Steinem is a feminist, journalist, and social and political activist and keynote speaker of Shirley Chisholm Day 2008.

MORE CHISHOLM DAY LECTURES & RELATED PRESENTATIONS:


MARTHA BIONDI: 

BARBARA BOWEN:

YVETTE CLARKE: 

ANASTASIA CURWOOD:

JULIE GALLAGHER: 

HAROON KHAREM:

SHOLA LYNCH: Lynch was the filmaker behind the award-winning documentary “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”.

KENNETTA HAMMOND PERRY:

BRIAN PURNELL: 

FRANK LEON ROBERTS:

PATRICIA SCHROEDER: Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder represented the Colorado’s 1st district from 1973-1997. While in Congress she became the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. In 1988 she ran for President on the Democratic ticket and was a Congressional colleague and supporter of Shirley Chisholm.

BEVERLY GUY-SHEFTHALL: Professor Shefthall is a Black feminist scholar, Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Spelman College

JEANNE THEOHARIS:

BROOKLYN COLLEGE STUDENTS: A long-standing tradition of our Chisholm Day Celebrations is to invite Brooklyn College students to reflect on the legacy and impact of Shirley Chisholm’s life. Brooklyn College was also Chisholm’s alma mater. 

 

INTERVIEWS:

JANUS ADAMS:

MARTHA BAKER:

WAYNE BARRETT:

YVONNE BRATHWAITE BURKE:

VINIE BURROWS:

DAVID DINKINS: David Dinkins was the Mayor of New York City from 1990-1993. He served in Albany State Legislature with Chisholm.

HAZEL DUKES:

JILL FRANKLIN: Jill Franklin is an author, and served as speechwriter for Shirley Chisholm.

ROBERT GOTTLIEB:

RICHARD GREEN:

WILLIAM HOWARD: William Howard was Shirley Chisholm’s lifelong friend. In 1965, he because her campaign finance manager. He continued that role throughout her career in the state legislature, Congress and presidential campaign. Howard was also Chisholm’s personal finance manager. He was also the First Vice President of the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children.

 

MARION HUMPHREY:

RHODA JACOBS:

BARBARA LEE:

DONALD MAGIN:

PAM MARTINEZ:

TRUDY MASON: Mason was the Upper East Side’s Democratic State Committeewoman.

MURIEL MORISEY: Morisey served as senior legislative assistant to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm starting from 1975.

BASIL PATERSON:

JIM PITTS:

HENRIETTA SMITH: Smith was a longtime friend of Chisholm and also a founding member of IPOTHIA (In Pursuit of the Highest in All), a sorority that Chisholm and other students established at Brooklyn College in defiance of racial exclusion on campus. 

MARK SOLOMON: 

JITU WEUSI: