Move over Hillary & Barack: it’s Shirley!

If you’ve not seen the fab documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed and you’re in London this Wednesday (29 October, 4pm), get thee to King’s College London. The American Studies Department is screening the film about Shirley Chisholm‘s 1972 presidential campaign.

The film is followed by  a discussion on race, gender and the presidential race. On hand will be Diane Abbott who is the first black woman member of the House of Commons. Who better to comment on the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress?

While Shirley wasn’t the first black woman to run for President (Charlene Mitchell ran for the Communist Party in ’64), she’s so sassum-frassum-awesome that we really should start a Shirley Chisholm Day!



Filed under African Americans, race, Social Justice, women

4 responses to “Move over Hillary & Barack: it’s Shirley!

  1. jke4

    I agree–how about her birthday (November 30)? Also, I think we should have t-shirts made with the image from that button!

  2. jke4

    PS. Apparently LOTS of people liked the t-shirt idea–the film producers were selling them from via their website ( but they’re sold out. Also, if you’re not going to be in London this Wednesday, you can buy the film on DVD at Amazon.

  3. 4everuppity

    But if you *are* in London, you should really forgo the DVD and see it on a big screen and come participate in the discussion!

  4. jke4

    Yes, indeed! I wish I could be there–I’d love to hear Diane Abbott.

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