Read essays that provide historical context about four distinct generations of African Americans in Congress.
The first African-American Congresswoman, Shirley Anita Chisholm represented a newly reapportioned U.S. House district centered in Brooklyn, New York. Elected in 1968 with deep roots in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Chisholm was catapulted into the national limelight by virtue of her race, gender, and outspoken personality. In 1972, in a largely symbolic undertaking, she campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination.
CLYBURN, James Enos, A Representative from South Carolina; born in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., July 21, 1940 (some people would argue that he was singularly responsible for saving Joe Biden's presidential candidacy.