Back to videos
next video:

First Black Woman in Congress

13 December

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to be elected to the US Congress. She championed minority and women’s rights, even though she faced racism on a daily basis. After just four years in Congress she threw her hat into the ring and campaigned to get the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. She didn’t succeed, but that never stopped her championing the causes she hoped would change the future of the United States.