Shirley Chisholm for President 1972: Unbought and Unbossed
In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She advocated for minority rights, strongly opposed the Vietnam War and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She would serve seven terms in office.
In 1972, Chisholm became the first African-American to make a run for a major party’s presidential nomination. Later, in her book, The Good Fight, she wrote, “I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.”