Shirley Anita St. Hill was born in New York City, New York back in 1924 to Charles and Ruby. Her father worked in a factory producing burlap bags, while her mother was a skilled seamstress. The family could barely make it so Shirley and her two sisters were sent to Barbados to live with the grandmother.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse, returning to the United States in 1934. In 1934, she attended the Girls’ High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Continuing her education, she graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1946. She met and married Conrad in the 1940’s. she taught in a nursery school to earn a living while furthering her education. In 1952, she earned her MA from Teachers College at Columbia University.
After graduation, she ran a day care center where she became known as an authority on issues involving early education and child welfare. She died in 2005 at a young 80.
What you may not know about Shirley Anita Chisholm is that she was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, serving for seven terms, the first black candidate for the party’s nomination for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the President of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
Until tomorrow may your day be blessed with lots of smiles.