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born 1924

Before Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama, Shirley Chisholm was the first African American to run for president from a major political party ~ and the first black woman elected to Congress.

Her slogan? "Unbossed and Unbought."

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all quotes by Shirley Chisholm (5)

"But I hope if I am remembered it will finally be for what I have done, not for what I happen to be."

Unbought and Unbossed | march 1970

"I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people."

announcing candidacy for US president | 1972

"Stand up and be counted."

The Black Woman in Contemporary America | june 1974

"It is very interesting to note that everyone—with the exception of the black woman herself—has been interpreting the black woman."

The Black Woman in Contemporary America | june 1974

"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself."

National Visionary Leadership Project | 2004
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