Black History Month: African-American Political Firsts

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York from 1960 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first African-American female and candidate to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and won 28 delegates.

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