Shirley Chisholm, First Black Female Representative, Dies NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates remembers the life of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first-ever African-American woman to serve in Congress. She served seven terms as a Democrat in the House of Representatives, and was a vocal advocate for the rights of minorities and women. Chisholm died on New Year's Day in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the age of 80.
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Shirley Chisholm, First Black Female Representative, Dies

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Shirley Chisholm, First Black Female Representative, Dies

Shirley Chisholm, First Black Female Representative, Dies

Shirley Chisholm, First Black Female Representative, Dies

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NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates remembers the life of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first-ever African-American woman to serve in Congress. She served seven terms as a Democrat in the House of Representatives, and was a vocal advocate for the rights of minorities and women. Chisholm died on New Year's Day in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the age of 80.