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New York Firsts in Black History
Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. She served seven terms as a representative from New York's 12th district, from 1969 until her retirement in 1982. She was also the first African American woman to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.
Former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm speaks to an African-American history class at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. Chisholm was an advocate for minority rights and became the first black woman elected to Congress and later the first black person to seek a major party's nomination for the U.S. presidency. She died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005. She was 80.