Shirley Chisholm


Shirley Chisholm born Brooklyn, NY November 30, 1924. First African-American congresswoman, 1968; first African-American presidential candidate, 1972; maiden speech in House opposed the Vietnam War.


"The number-one priority of the new administration is to buy more and more weapons of war, to return to the era of the cold war, to ignore the war we must fight here—the war that is not optional." (maiden House speech, March 26, 1969; photo 1972 wiki pd)