“I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo … to give a voice to the people the major candidates were ignoring.” — Shirley Chisholm

Today marks the day that Chisholm initiated her run for the presidency back in 1972. Her decision was remarkable given the times. Her legacy came full circle last week as Vice President Kamala Harris took her oath and ascended to office. Chisholm also said this: “What I hope most is that now there will be others who will feel themselves as capable of running for high political office as any wealthy, good-looking white male.”

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