Today in Black History: November 5, 1968 “Shirley Chisholm Became the First African American Woman to be Elected to U.S. Congress”

On today in 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman to be elected to U.S. Congress. She represented Bedford-Styvesant, Brooklyn, New York. Chisholm was assigned to the House Forestry Committee. She later switched to Veterans Affairs Committee and Education and Labor Committee. Chisholm served seven terms and hired mostly black woman during her time in office.

To learn more about Shirley Chisholm, click here.

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