Lily as Shirley Chisholm

My daughter as Shirley Chisholm: Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn but she did her early schooling with her grandmother in Barbados. She came back and attended the prestigious Girls' High School. She excelled in politics and debating at Brooklyn College. Afterwards, she became a nursery school teacher, earning her Masters at Columbia University and later an advocate for early education. When a position became available, she stepped up to the New York State Assembly. That led to her running for Congress in 1969 with the campaign slogan "Unbossed and Unbought". She won and became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress. She went to DC representing Brooklyn and balked when the powers that be sought to put her on the Agriculture Committee which she felt did not have much to do with her community. However, connecting with people despite differences was something that helped to make her effective. A rabbi in Crown Heights, whose support she had sought, gave her advice which led to her creating the WIC program with U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas). She was a politician who stood for integrity and accountability to her constituency. Because of this in January 1972, she announced her candidacy for president becoming the first Black woman to do so. While her political achievements were historic and impressive, Chisholm said she preferred to be remembered as, "a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself".

Special thanks to Ejyp Johnson (hair)

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