Shirley Chisholm has a long list of firsts. She was the first black woman in Congress, the first black presidential candidate for a major party, and the first female Democratic presidential nominee. Her slogan was ahead of its time: “Unbought and Unbossed.” Chisholm blazed a path wherever she went, with an almost super-human determination to overcome the odds. Unfortunately, some of the people she most needed most to support her— feminists and black men—didn’t really come through. Though she didn’t win the nomination, Chisholm served seven terms in Congress representing New York’s 12th district, and was a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as the National Women’s Political Caucus. She died in 2005 and was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).