Shirley Chisholm, 1st black congresswoman, honored in Palm Coast

By Brittany Jones, Flagler County Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2015, 10:21 AM EST

The nation's first black congresswoman is being remembered for the impact she had here in Central Florida.

Students from Flagler Palm Coast High School and local college students joined Palm Coast-based businesses Office Divvy and Natural Nubian to raise awareness about Shirley's Chisholm's life.

The groups said too many people didn't know who Chisholm was, though she was a pioneer for equal rights for African-Americans and women in general.

"Our voices were not heard back in that time, and she definitely made sure they heard her voice," said Orjanette Bryant.

On Nov. 17, the city of Palm Coast proclaimed Nov. 30, the day Chisholm was born in 1924, as "Shirley Chisholm Day."

 

 

Chisholm died in 2005, but she spent part of her retirement in Flagler County volunteering with various organizations.

She was elected to Congress as the first black woman, representing New York City in 1968. She also ran for president in 1972.

Chisholm focused on children, family and education.

 

 

"We have come such a long way from where we started to now, and the things we're doing it makes me feel like I have a brighter future and that I can do bigger and better things," said student Kedron Abbot.

Chisholm was also one of 17 recipients to posthumously receive the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Nov. 24. Her family accepted the medal last Tuesday in Washington.

To learn more about the Shirley Chisholm campaign, visit shirleychisholm.life.