Celebrating Black History: Politics
African American politicians and leaders have been on the front lines of many political movements in the United States since 1836 when Alexander Twilight became the first African American elected to public office when he won a seat in the Vermont legislature. In everything from emancipation to the Voting Rights Act, from healthcare to educational reform, segregation to women's rights, black politicians have fought to have their voices heard and their experiences recognized.
Shirley Chisholm Bio
Chisholm footage from Women Make Movies