Shirley Chisholm: First Black Presidential Candidate

Shirley Chisholm was a pioneering political leader who, in 1972, directly challenged the view that only white men could run for President of the United States. Not only was she the first African-American Presidential candidate, she was also the first woman Presidential candidate. What made her such a stand out was her refusal to just automatically parrot the Democratic Party line, and the fact that, despite deep opposition to her candidacy, she ran anyway.

Now the US Postal Service has added a Shirley Chisholm commemorative stamp to its Black Heritage series, an honor Chisholm richly deserves. Chisholm was a trailblazer, an inspiration to all who believed in 1972 and still believe to this day in a country that can work for everyone, that genuinely reflects the ideals of equality and justice for all.



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