On this day, November 30th, in 1924, the first Black woman to run for President was Shirley Chisholm. Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. Her political career blossomed in 1968 when she became the first black woman elected to the United State’s Congress. Chisholm represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
Chisholm is one of the first trailblazers in politics for African American’s and women. She was the first black woman to run for president, the first woman to ever run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and the first black candidate to run for a major party’s nomination. Chisholm was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in 2015.
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor—it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.” — President Obama
Fun Fact: Shirley Chisholm is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Happy Birthday to the originator of black girl magic, Shirley Chisholm!