Before Hilary and Barack there was Shirley!
Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005), an advocate for women and people of color, was the first Black woman in Congress, being elected to Brooklyn’s 12th Congressional District of the House in 1968. She was the first Black person and one of the first women to run for the presidential nomination from a major party in 1972. Though she didn’t win the nomination, she was always very respected, having been a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Organization of Women. She was a bad woman! [seattlepi.com]