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Shirley Chisholm (November 30, 1924-January 1, 2005)

The first Black woman elected to Congress, she sat from 1969-1983 representing the 12thcongressional district of New York. Chisholm was the first Black presidential candidate when in 1972 she announced her bid. Chisholm was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a co-founder of the National Congress of Black Women.

Chisholm left a trail and lifetime of public political service. In 2019 Andrew Cuomo dedicated a park in her honor. Chisholm has been credited with influencing the likes of Barbara Lee and Kamala Harris.

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