Problems with Barack Obamas – White House Office of Urban Affairs
June 16, 2009
Shirley Chisholm – Americas and Catalyst for change and the Presidential founder of the change movement in America, She has received honorary doctorates from 31 institutions.
Barack Obamas Office of Urban Affairs – Should be dedicated or named in honor or 1972 Presidential Candidate Shirley Anita-Hill Chisholm.
Barack Obamas – new Office of Urban Affairs – Should be dedicated or named in honor or 1972 Presidential Candidate Shirley Anita-Hill Chisholm, for her valiant and unprecedented efforts to bring change to America during the politically dramatic, pressing and critical times of the early 1970’s.
She remains the Model Leader for many Americans across the country and across the world, but she has been practically assassinated by the American political-media complex and therefore needs to be properly recognized for hes contributions to this country and the world.
She is the unrecognized Change Agent and Trailblazer who broke all barriers for everyone in this country – towards the creation of the country which we all enjoy today.
She also fought for the equal rights and the equal rights amendment, It would only be right and just to complete her hard work by ratifying the equal rights amendment by amending the constitution of the United states of America…and yes the issue is an URBAN AFFAIRS and URBAN POLICY.
Joseph Edgecombe, F.A.C.T.S. – Prgressive Assoc.
Biography & Documentation on Shirley Chisholm: She has received honorary doctorates from 31 institutions.
Shirley Chisholm Named Susan B. Anthony Professor
University of Rochester, March 31, 1994
Shirley Chisholm, the renowned leader in the fight for equal rights for women and minorities and the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, has been appointed to the distinguished Susan B. Anthony Professorship at the University of Rochester and will teach classes in the fall.
“Chisholm is a one-of-a-kind, authentic pioneer,” said William S. Green, undergraduate dean in the College of Arts and Science. “She brings to our campus a unique American experience, along with a gift for teaching. It is rare for students to have the chance to spend sustained time with someone who has actually helped create the world in which they live. We are honored and privileged to have her as part of our faculty.”
The former congresswoman has been named the Susan B. Anthony Professor for a two-month period next fall. During that time, she will teach “Women in Politics” (Political Science 246) with Nan Johnson, senior associate in the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office, and adjunct associate professor of political science. Johnson will conduct the beginning and ending lectures, and Chisholm will lecture from the end of September to the end of November. To be offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons next fall, enrollment for “Women in Politics” will be limited to 120 students.
In addition, Chisholm will teach a one-hour course on Wednesdays entitled “Black Women in America” with Sharon Fluker, assistant dean in the College of Arts and Science, and director of minority student affairs. The time of the course will be announced later.
Chisholm is also expected to give two major addresses during her residence at the University. Details on dates and topics aren’t yet available.
Chisholm’s political career began in the early 1950s in Brooklyn’s boss-run Democratic clubhouses, where she persistently challenged the inequities of machine politics. She came to be regarded as a troublemaking maverick, but one to be reckoned with, and eventually won election to the New York State Assembly in Albany. In 1968, Chisholm again beat the odds against her race and sex to win election to Congress and served until 1982, when she announced she would not seek re-election. She took a serious run at the presidency in 1972, becoming the first black woman to seek the nation’s highest office.
In the summer of 1993, Chisholm was nominated by President Clinton to serve as Ambassador to Jamaica, an honor she declined, choosing instead to continue her efforts through teaching and writing to gain equal rights for all Americans.
She is the author of two books, Unbought and Unbossed, her autobiography, and The Good Fight, the story of her 1972 bid for the presidency.
Chisholm has earned praise and awards for her efforts on behalf of black colleges, compensatory education, minimum wage for domestics, Native Americans, Haitian refugees, migrant farm workers, and the poor. She is the co-founder of the National Political Congress of Black Women, which she headed from 1984 to 1992.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, and a master’s degree and professional diploma in educational supervision from Columbia University. She has received honorary doctorates from 31 institutions.
“Shirley Chisholm brings a message of activism and hope to our students at the University of Rochester,” said Professor Celia Applegate, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University. “In her life’s work she has shown the courage, dedication and vision that defined the life of Anthony.” Source: http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=1221
January 28, 2005
Shirley Chisholm: Activist, Professor, and Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm, who held the Purington Chair at Mount Holyoke for four years after retiring from the U.S. Congress in 1983, died January 1, 2005, in Ormond Beach, Florida, at age 80.
Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924 and was sent to live with her maternal grandmother in Barbados in 1927. She returned to Brooklyn in 1934 and attended Girls High School in Brooklyn and Brooklyn College, where she began her lifelong battle against racism and social injustice.
After graduating in 1946 from Brooklyn College, she worked in day care and participated in local politics. She won a seat in the New York General Assembly in 1964 and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968. Chisholm was the first African American woman to serve in Congress. She was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War and a cofounder of the National Organization for Women. She stated, “Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes.”
In 1972, Chisholm ran for president of the United States, declaring, “I am not the candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people.” She was the first African American — and the first woman — to seek nomination for president by a major political party, winning 151 delegates.
Chisholm retired from Congress in 1982. History professor Joseph Ellis, dean of faculty at the time, suggested to then president Elizabeth Kennan Burns that they invite Chisholm to teach at the College. At a series of initial meetings with the congresswoman on campus, Ellis recalled a group of students asking her for advice on becoming social activists. “Learn how to raise money,” she told them. Chisholm accepted the offer and came to Mount Holyoke in 1983 to teach politics and sociology.
“She contributed to the vitality of the College and gave the College a presence,” said Ellis. “Her message was always, ‘Blacks and whites need to do this together.'”
Chisholm received many honorary degrees and awards, including Alumna of the Year, Brooklyn College; Key Woman of the Year; Outstanding Work in the Field of Child Welfare; and Woman of Achievement. Source: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/csj/012805/chisholm.shtml