Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924 –2005) was the first African American, and the first woman, to seek a major party nomination for president of the United States. Using her trademark slogan 'Unbought and Unbossed,' Chisholm ran for the Democratic party nomination in 1972.
It wasn't the first time Chisholm had blazed a new trail. Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968. She went on to represent the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn in New York City for seven terms, from 1969-1983.
For her first term in the U.S House of Representatives, Chisholm was assigned to the House Agriculture Committee. In an unheard of move, she demanded reassignment and was transferred to the Veterans Affairs Committee. But by the time she left the House, Chisholm was a high ranking member of two influenial committees: Rules and Education and Labor.
The daughter of Caribean immigrant parents, she attended....