Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

Today, there’s The Squad. And the current U.S. Congress has the most women, and is the most racially diverse, in history.

But 50 years ago, there was only 1 woman of color in the U.S. Congress, and she was the first. Shirley Chisholm, of New York City, was elected to Congress in a historic victory in 1968. And like the squad, Chisholm had also been told to “go back to where you came from.”

In 1969, Chisholm gave a speech at Howard University, which almost sounds like she could be responding directly to Donald Trump’s tweets.

“So often nowadays, we hear people say that we should go back to Africa. Our roots are here. Our blood and our sweat and our tears are here. And we’re going to stay here and we’re going to fight.”

Today on the podcast, we bring you the story of Shirley Chisholm and her unlikely presidential bid.

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