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The Chisholm Effect

She knew that winning was unattainable, but to be a black woman and run for President of the United States, amidst a time of racial and gender inequality is a victory in itself. Her campaign was unorganized, underfunded, and unprepared, but to be a pioneering trailblazer, who changed the facade of American politics speaks volumes about her character. Chisholm story proves that effective leadership is not measured by the performance of the leader, but rather his/her ability to inspire and motivate others to lead.

Sixteen years before Jesse "kept hope alive", Shirley Anita St Hill Chisholm sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Thirty six years before Hilary and Barack turned American politics upside down, Mrs Chisholm became the first woman and African American to challenge the concept of what a President should look and act like. Furthermore, at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, she received 152 first ballot votes, this may be insignificant in numbers, but it certainly is monumental in symbolism: To receive first ballot votes meant that there were Americans who were ready for a change in the way we view our political leaders.

I refuse go into why their is a lack of acknowledgment for Mrs Chisholm's heroic effort, but what I will do is give her the utmost respect and praise. Her ability to to create a grassroots political campaign based on the ideas of hope and change set a path for Obama to create his own ideological movement based on the same principles. Her ability to to exemplify female independence in a male dominated field allowed Hilary Clinton to raise the bar for the success of women in politics. Below are a few facts about Shirley Chisholm, to find out more about her life, just use GOOGLE, I'm sure that there is a lot more information you can gather about the life and times of Shirley Chisholm.

  • Politician, educator, author
  • First African American woman elected to Congress
  • June 23, 1972, became first woman and African American to be a major party Presidential candidate
  • One of the founding members of Black Congressional Caucus
  • Served in Congress from 1969-1982
  • Wrote two books: Unbought and Unbossed, The Good Fight
-Quintin Wallace

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  1. she truly was a trail blazer and she set up the stage for a Obama, she is less know, but her contributions are no less important

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  3. Long live the Spirit of the Honorable Shirley Chisholm. She earned/worked her way up, she was not "selected" for nomination...

  4. Hey there!

    You have been away from the blog for a while, I see!!

    Come on back to the keyboard!!

    Your voice is needed in the blogosphere!

    Please feel welcome to drop by my spot whenever to you have time to share!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

  5. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  6. I agree with everything you say here up until the last paragraph. For one, there were only 10 million africans taken across the middle passage from Africa to the America's, and only 1 to 2 million died on that passage. The survival rate was ~85%. Also, less than 10 million slaves lived in the south by the Civil War. I doubt less than 4 million black people were killed as a result of white intervention during imperialism, spare native Africans.
    Now onto the Native Americans. 20 million Natives lived in the America's before initial European contact. After one of Cortez's ships arrived carrying one slave sick with Measles, the native population became infected. By the time of Francisco Pizarro's conquest 20 years later, an estimated 19 of the 20 million natives died because of that one sickly passenger. The native population of hte America's never rose above 5 million, not counting the interracial peoples South of the United States. It was impossible to have killed 50 million natives, let alone 10 million not counting the 19 killed by the sick slave. All of my facts can be backed by research, and I'm sure that Wikipedia has them all. Once again, I support your cause, yet if you go on saying facts that are outrageously false to back your argument, then you condemn your entire point to be false, and simply perpetuate the racism you are trying to subdue.

  7. Anonymous, I believe that your intentions were to comment under "Sports Team Named Atlanta Coons", not the "Chisholm Effect"


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