“I want to be remembered as a catalyst for change in America” – Shirley Chisholm
Politician, Author and Educator. Active member of NOW and the Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council. The first African American woman elected to the New York State Assembly, 1964. The first African-American woman elected to Congress, 1968. The first African-American candidate for President of the United States, 1972. Co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus, 1971, Congressional Women’s Caucus, 1977 and the National Political Congress of Black Women, 1983. Purington Chair at Mount Holyoke Collegein Massachusetts. Helped form theAfrican-American Women for Reproductive Freedom, 1990. Posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom byPresident Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House, November 2015.