Shirley A. Chisholm
Chisholm become the first African American woman to serve in the United
States Congress. Chisholm, a New York Democrat, was a member of the
New York State Assembly for 1969 to 1983. Chisholm campaigned
for, but did not win, the 1972 Democrat presidential nomination.
Chisholm has worked for the reform of U. S. political parties
and legislatures to meet the needs of more citizens. She was a severe critic
of the seniority system in Congress and protested her 1969 assignment to
the to the House Agriculture Committee. She won reassignment to a
committee on which she felt she could be of greater service to her
Brooklyn inner city district.
Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born in New York City. She graduated from Brooklyn
College and earned a master's degree at Columbia University.
She taught nursery school and directed day care centers in
New York City. She earned a master's degree at Columbia
University. She taught nursery school and directed day care centers
in New York City. From 1959 to 1964, Chisholm was a consultant for
the City's Bureau of Child Welfare. She has written an autobiography,
and Unbossed (1970)
Mykel k. Barnes
at HU Cybercamp, July 1999