Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm Forever Stamp Unveiled Today

Brooklyn native Shirley Chisholm will be featured nationally on a postage stamp. Jeanine Ramirez, of New York 1 News, shared the following report.  

Shirley Chisholm’s portrait hangs at Brooklyn Borough Hall, right next to the nation’s founding father. Appropriate, because Chisholm was also a first. In 1968, Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress where she served seven terms. The Bedford Stuyvesant resident was also the first African-American man or woman to make a serious run for president in 1972. Now nine years after her death, the United States Postal Service will issue a Shirley Chisholm forever stamp.  The unveiling will take place today, January 31st, at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall.

“It’s something that should be done for the country. And it’s something that should be done for New York City and for the Chisholm family, so we are all grateful for the long process,” said William Howard from the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute.

The push for a stamp for Chisholm began shortly after she died. Howard was Chisholm’s campaign treasurer who now helps run the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children. He says he pulled together a group of local elected officials to advocate for the stamp, with a big push coming from California.

“The person that really took the lead role was an intern in Chisholm’s office back in the late 60’s and 70’s, and that’s Congresswoman Barbara Lee out of California. Congresswoman Barbara Lee is the person that has championed the legacy of Shirley Chisholm in Washington,” said Howard.

Chisholm’s legacy includes serving in the New York State Assembly during the civil rights movement, representing Brooklyn in Congress, advocating for early childhood education and civil and women’s rights.

“Shirley Chisholm and Billie Jean King were able to change Title 9 for women who, now and have been for many years, get scholarships equal to men in colleges and universities in sports,” said Howard.

She was a Brooklyn College graduate. College staff will be among those at the stamp unveiling at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The school has the largest collection of Chisholm archival materials for its women’s activism study. And surely the postage stamp will be a highlight of the collection.

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New York One News – January 28, 2014 Edition

On This Labor Day – I’m Grateful!

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Workplace Diversity

As we prepare to celebrate another Labor Day, I find myself thinking about everything my grandparents instilled in me about work.  I was always reminded that job excellence was the highest form of gratitude I could demonstrate.

As we all know, there was a time when an African-American women like me, could only dream of having a full-time job with benefits and paid holidays.  Of course there are days when I am ready to leave the building and retreat to the comfort of my home, but it does not take me long to realize just how fortunate I am.

I came across a quote from someone whom we all admire that I would like to share.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brooklyn Centenarian Susannah Mushatt Jones Celebrates her 114th Birthday

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Can you imagine the Civil Rights milestones that Ms. Jones, an African-American woman who was born in Alabama over 100 years ago, has lived through? In the coming days, we will share some of these historic moments with you.

Photo – New York Daily News, July 12, 2013