The first black woman to run for president


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Shirley Chisholm announced her intention to run for the US presidency on 25 January 1972 . She became the first major-party black candidate to run for America’s highest office.

Witness History spoke to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who was inspired to enter politics after working on Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 campaign.

Witness History: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

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