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This Day in Black History: Nov. 5, 1968

This Day in Black History: Nov. 5, 1968

Shirley Chisholm becomes first Black woman elected to Congress.

Published November 5, 2011

(Photo: Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports/Library of Congress archives)

Democrat Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress, representing New York State. Chisholm served seven terms before leaving Congress in 1983. She was a champion of educational opportunity and social justice.

Written by Britt Middleton

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