Shirley Chisholm (11/30/1924 – 1/1/2005)
The first black woman to be elected to the US Congress. The first black person and woman to run for Presidential nomination. She held office as a NY Representative from 1968-1983 (seven terms).
She fought for domestic workers to obtain minimum wage and for inner-city people to get significant improvements in opportunities (jobs) presented to them.
(the following information is from wikipedia)
- Chisholm was the keynote speaker at Hunter College‘s graduation in 1971.
- In 1974, Chisholm was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Aquinas College and was their commencement speaker.
- In 1975, Chisholm was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Smith College.
- In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
- In 1996, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Stetson University, in Deland, FL.
- In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Shirley Chisholm on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.
- On January 31, 2014, the Shirley Chisholm Forever Stamp was issued. It is the 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series of U.S. stamps.
- In November 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House.