Shirley Chisholm { 3 images } Created 29 Sep 2017

In 1972, just a few years after being elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm announced that she was seeking the Shirley Chisholm. In 1972 Democratic nomination for the presidency, running against politicians like George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, and George Wallace. But while Chisholm admitted that she never expected to win and her campaign was largely symbolic, she ran in order to prove that Americans would vote for a black woman. She won 10 percent of the vote at the convention.
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