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Shirley Chisholm – US Congresswoman

Black History Month – February

Shirley Chisholm – US Congresswoman

Shirley Chisholm in 1972

Shirley Chisholm in 1972

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author.[3] She was a Congresswoman, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress.[4]

Shirley Anita St. Hill was born in BrooklynNew York, of immigrant parents.[1] Her father, Charles Christopher St. Hill, was born in British Guiana[6] and arrived in the United States via Antilla, Cuba, on April 10, 1923, aboard the S.S. Munamar in New York City.[6] Her mother, Ruby Seale, was born in Christ Church, Barbados, and arrived in New York City aboard the S.S. Pocone on March 8, 1921.[7]      Continue reading