Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80 Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, dies at age 80. Chisholm served, and is remembered as an outspoken critic of a Congress she described as clubby and a staunch opponent of the Vietnam war. She was also the first African-American to seek a major party's nomination for president. Hear former congressman Ron Dellums and NPR's Renee Montagne.
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Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80

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Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80

Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80

Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80

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Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, dies at age 80. Chisholm served, and is remembered as an outspoken critic of a Congress she described as clubby and a staunch opponent of the Vietnam war. She was also the first African-American to seek a major party's nomination for president. Hear former congressman Ron Dellums and NPR's Renee Montagne.