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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is gearing up to play groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios. The company said Thursday that Davis has signed on to star in and produce the project about Chisholm, who was the first black woman ever elected to the United States Congress and […]

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Shirley Chisholm’s spirit is alive and well. The  first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” This is exactly what Tamaya Dennard did at her swearing-in ceremony for city council in Cincinnati  on January 1.  Dennard brought an actual folding chair, see […]

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The politician was the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

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Hillary Clinton made history this past Tuesday after becoming the presumptive nominee for president for the Democratic Party. While Clinton’s historic achievement is noteworthy, one-time presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm’s place in history should not go unrecognized. Chisholm made history twice in her lifetime. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress, and the first […]


In 1968, a woman by the name of Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American female to serve in the U.S. Congress.  And a few years later,…