A LOOK BACK TONIGHT: To the first Woman and first Black to run for the U.S. presidential nomination of the Democratic Party
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.