This year marks the 40th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s
swearing-in as a Member of the House. On March 3, Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee and members
of the CBC held a portrait-unveiling ceremony for the late Chisholm. During
the unveiling, Chisholm was lauded for her historic strides as the first Black woman elected to Congress and as the first Black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States. In addition to these exceptional accomplishments, however, Pelosi noted that Chisholm mostly wanted to be remembered as a woman who dared to be herself and a catalyst for change in America.—BB

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