Kamala Harris is now the first Black woman to appear on a major political party’s presidential ticket—Chisholm paved the way for this moment.
There's no question that Shirley Chisholm made history. The Brooklyn-born daughter of immigrants became the first African American woman elected to Congress, and then the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States (as a Democrat in 1972). While unsuccessful in her presidential bid, Chisholm's candidacy inspired millions in itself. She'd go on to serve in Congress for a total of 22 years, and be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Today, Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick, making her the first Black woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. There's no doubt that Chisholm's candidacy paved the way for this moment. Inspired by Harris's historic nomination, we took a look back at the real-life Chisholm's groundbreaking 1972 presidential campaign.