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Shirley Chisholm
   
 
 
 
  Shirley Chisholm Haiku
 
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
An American politician, educator and author, Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress and made a bid to be President of the United States. Outspoken in her advocacy for civil rights, women's rights and the poor, she vigorously opposed the Vietnam War. She joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969 as one of its founding members.