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Shirley Chisholm

Create a power point with of information about an African leader such as Shirley Chisholm. Examine how her actions relate to strategic leadership and positive social change.

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Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was a woman who was known for her moral character and her relentless ability to stand up for her community and what she believed.

Chisholm attended Brooklyn College where a blind political science professor, Louis Warsoff, encouraged Chisholm to consider politics based on her "quick mind and debating skills."

She reminded him that she had a "double handicap" when it came to politics - she was black and a woman.
Shirley graduated with honors in 1946 and worked as a nursery school aide and teacher while she attended evening classes at Columbia University's Teachers College. She received her masters degree in early childhood education in 1951, and eventually became a consultant to the New York City Division of Day Care in 1960.

Chisholm joined a local Democratic club who worked to get rid of the white Democratic machine that held the power in her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Group challenged the white leaders on why the black neighborhoods were being ignored. The leaders tried to quiet Chisholm by placing her on the board of directors
served in the state legislature until 1968 when she decided to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. Chisholm won the seat with the use of her "independent spirit" and her campaign slogan, "Unbought and Unbossed." Chisholm's win made her the 1st African American woman in Congress.

Chisholm learned the politics of committees. She had asked to be on the Education and Labor Committee, a natural selection for someone with a strong teaching background. She not ...

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The solution examines strategic African leadership.