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Shirley Chisholm, First Black Congresswoman, Dies at 80

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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

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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.