Shirley Chisholm had guts

I’ve always admired Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman ever elected to Congress. In 1972, Chisholm ran for president of the United States, the first African American and only the second woman to seek the nomination of a major political party.

When I discovered “forever” stamps with a picture of this smart, courageous woman, I bought them immediately. I was pleased to find a short biography of Shirley Chisholm on the back of my sheet of stamps.

Chisholm first campaigned for Congress in 1968 in Brooklyn with a sound truck that announced, “Ladies and gentlemen….this is the fighting Shirley Chisholm coming through.”

She spoke up for the rights of women, people of color and the poor.

“I’d like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts,” she once said. “That’s how I’d like to be remembered.”
–Joy

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One Response to “Shirley Chisholm had guts”

  1. Mary H. January 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    That’s cool that there is now a stamp for Shirley Chisholm! You’ll have to send me a letter with one of them. 🙂

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