What was it like to be Shirley Chisholm?

26chisholm-slideshow-city-slide-P42G-superJumboI don’t know a whole lot about Shirley Chisholm.

What I know is what I remember from reading the headlines on my paper route back in New Jersey….before we moved to Georgia…..and what I read in Wikipedia now….so I don’t know much about her.

Shirley Chisholm was a woman who sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1972.

She was a black woman….who sought the nomination.

The “black” part makes it ….something.

I think that it probably makes it pretty darn gutsy.

She was a brave lady.

But…like I said….I don’t know much about her.

To put it into perspective….maybe….Lester Maddox was the governor of Georgia from 1967 to 1971.

Google “Lester Maddox” to see what some people in the Democratic party were up to at the time.

It wasn’t anything that necessarily supported the nomination of a black woman to ….well…..anything, really.


(Not even eating some chicken at his restaurant…black people weren’t welcome there…..back before the Civil Rights movement ….)

When we moved to Georgia, I think that I remember eating at Lester Maddox’s restaurant once in downtown Atlanta….and it seems like I remember that you could buy souvenir ax handles there.

That was nuts….and a different time.

That would have been in 1973….maybe 1972.

I was 12 when we moved “down south”….so it could have been 1972…

Lester Maddox is another person that I don’t know a lot about, either.

This picture of Lester Maddox is an early one.

Things have really changed….in a lot of ways….and stayed the same in a lot of ways, too, unfortunately.

Check out Shirley Chisholm.

This blog post is really one about her….not Lester Maddox.

I think that it’s a pretty amazing story.


What was 1972 like for a black lady in this country?


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