1924 – 2005
In honor of black history month, I wanted to write a few blogs about the great people of the past that will/should always be remembered. My first picks are of the awesome women who made their mark on our history, each in her own way.
Shirley Chisholm: Legacy
My first choice is Shirley Chisholm. Do you have any idea why I chose her first? It is due to our past election! For those who don’t know, I will give a bit of background information about Ms. Shirley. Shirley Chisholm was an American Politician, Educator, and Author. In 1968 she was the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for 7 consecutive years from 1969-1983. In 1972 she became the first black woman to receive a major party nomination run for office of The President of the United States under the Democratic ticket.
During her time in Congress, believe me, Ms. Shirley didn’t just walk around and smile a lot, she was about her business. She was first assigned to the office of Forrestry before she shocked them all and demanded a reassignment. She was reassigned to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and eventually graduated to the Education and Labor Committee. In 1969, she became one of the founding members of The Congressional Black Caucus.
Shirley was so interesting to me because she was so educated. An intelligent woman is one of the sexiest things in the world to me! Not just sexy, but inspiring, motivation for YOU as a woman to also be great and strive to do our best and learn as much as we can while we’re here. Being an educator, I know she was constantly teaching them all something on a regular basis. What a strong woman she must’ve been to accept such challenges and not only succeed, but to exceed expectations. I’ve always thought women were awesome, but I may be a bit bias in my opinion. ??
A champion of minority education and employment opportunities throughout most of her tenure in Congress, Chisholm was also a vocal opponent of the U.S. military draft. After leaving Congress in 1983, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and was popular on the lecture circuit.
Shirley was such an advocate of education and did not disappoint with regard to her personal knowledge/education. Here are just a few of the accolades attributed Shirley Chisholm during her lifetime and also posthumously;
1. Earned a BA in Sociology from Brooklyn College in 1946.
2. Earn an MA in Early Childhood Development from Columbia University in 1952.
3. Was the Director of 2 daycare centers from 1953-1959.
4. Educational Consultant to New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare from 1959 to 1964.
5. First black woman nominated for congress, 1968.
6. Founding member of The Congressional Black Caucus, 1969.
8. First black woman nominated for a major ticket in an election for POTUS, 1972.
9. Inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
10. In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service debuted the Shirley Chisholm Forever Stamp as part of the Black Heritage series.
11. In 2015, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by president Barack Obama.
Her personal life
She grew up and spent the early part of her childhood in Barbados with her grandmother. She spent a good part of her adult life in Brooklyn New York. She was said to have one sister. She was married to Conrad Chisholm from 1949-1977. She married Arthur Hardwick Jr. in 1986. Chisholm died on January 1, 2005, at the age of 80, in Ormond Beach, Florida.