A landmark succumbs to time

On the birth of the new year, the final chapter in an epic was written. The first African American to be sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives has passed. Shirley Chisholm, born in heart of New York this mover and shaker refused to be a back bencher and her temerity earned her a seat on the Veterans Affairs Committee. Sworn in the same year that Nixon would first seat himself in the Oval Office this woman would even run for president in 1972, a true force for change she sat in the halls of power for fourteen years. An author, a congresswoman, and a voice for progress are now silent.


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