Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm (HM1ZYN)

Location: Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Volusia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 12.586', W 81° 0.933'

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In 1968, Shirley Anita Chisholm, known as "Fighting Shirley Chisholm", a former educator and member of the New York State Assembly, became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Known for her incisive debating style and uncompromising integrity, she won this race against tremendous odds on account of both her race and sex. Shirley Chisholm went on to make a name for herself as a passionate advocate for civil rights, women's rights, the poor and against the Vietnam War. She changed the nation's perception about the capabilities of women and African-Americans.

On January 25, 1972, Chisholm made history again by announcing her candidacy for president, the first black woman to seek the nation's highest office. In her speech, she declared, "I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not a candidate of the woman's movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I am equally proud of that. I am not a candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people." Although she did not win the nomination, she continued to serve in the House of Representatives until 1982.

Shirley Chisholm received many honorary degrees
and awards including alumna of the year, Brooklyn College, key woman of the year, outstanding work in the field of child welfare, the national women's hall of fame and women of achievement.

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Willie J. Kimmons
Placed ByDaytona Beach, Florida
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Date Added Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 10:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 498488 N 3231226
Decimal Degrees29.20976667, -81.01555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 12.586', W 81° 0.933'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 12' 35.16" N, 81° 0' 55.98" W
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Area Code(s)386
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, US
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