Before President Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States and Jesse Jackson ran for presidency in 1984 and 1988, there was the chivalrous Shirley Chisholm. In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected in congress and became one of the founders of the Black Congressional Caucus. Shirley’s destiny was not only reserved in Congress, for in 1972, the noble Shirley Chisholm also made a bid for the U.S. presidential nominee for the Democratic’s Party winning 152 delegates. Shirley received much hatred during her tenured in office not because she was black but a woman. Shirley’s lengthy accomplishments as a politician, tenacious stance for solving social issues, and improving our educational system are compilations of a LIONESS. Today, Shirley Chisholm is saluted.   


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