Fifty Years On, a Bill to Honor Shirley Chisholm

Reps. Joe Crowley, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Assemblymember Walter Mosley, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Photo via Bklyner)

Fifty years to the day after Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, on Nov. 5, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn introduced H. R. 7107, a bill that would “posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal” to Chisholm, reports Kadia Goba for Bklyner. Reps. Yvette Clarke, Joe Crowley, Carolyn Maloney and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker joined Jeffries at the announcement, which took place at a Brooklyn state office building named after the borough native.

Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924, to immigrant Caribbean parents. She first served New York as a member of the Assembly from 1965 to 1968. After her assembly run, she went on to serve seven terms in the U.S Congress representing the 12th Congressional district. She launched her campaign with the slogan: “Unbought and Unbossed,” a mantra still relevant today.

“Shirley Chisholm’s labor and contribution to Brooklyn, Congress, our nation continue to bear fruit to this very day,” said Clarke who reminded the audience that she and Chisholm belong to the sorority group Delta Sigma Theta.

“She has paved the way for many other women including me to run for elected office at all levels of government,” she added.

Go to Bklyner to find out the other “firsts” attributed to Chisholm and to learn about the ceremony in Washington D.C. planned in her honor.

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