An illuminating documentary about a trailblazing politician and her legacy!
I am a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. […] I make that statement seriously, knowing that my candidacy itself can change the face and future of American politics – that it will be important to the needs and hopes of every one of you – even though, in the conventional sense, I will not win.
– Shirley Chisholm, June 4, 1972
After becoming the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968, Brooklyn-based congresswoman Shirley Chisholm broke new political ground when she announced her run for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 1972. Chisholm was a liberal black woman with a powerful message: Exercise the full measure of your citizenship and vote.
She gave voice to issues affecting the poor, the young, minorities, gays, and other marginalized Americans. Given her background in early childhood education, she was an authority on child welfare. She battled to expand the government food stamp program and to create the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) to assist low-income families. A visionary leader, Chisholm gathered strong grassroots support by fighting for women’s rights, educational reform, and an end to the Vietnam War.
Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, directed by Shola Lynch (UC Riverside, ’95 M.A., History), is a remarkable collection of stories, archival footage, Chisholm’s own commentary, and interviews. The documentary captures the spirit of a turning point in American politics, when an African American woman dared to take an equal place in the historically white and male presidential race. Chisholm’s fearless attempt to subvert the norm lives on through the women and minorities in politics who followed her lead.
The 77-minute film will be screened at 6:00pm and again at 7:45pm in the Center’s media vault. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please contact the Center today to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 222-8846.
The Arts Walk Film Series continues on Thursday, March 5th with Sisters of ’77 in celebration of Women’s History Month and on Thursday, April 2nd with Skydancer.