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In Black America: An encore conversation with Shirley A. Chisholm

A black and white photo of Shirley Chisholm. She is standing behind a podium with a microphone and is smiling.
Shirley A. Chisholm
During her congressional career, Shirley A. Chisholm founded the National Women's Political Caucus, supported the Equal Rights Amendment, and legalized abortion.

On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson Jr. revisits a conversation he had with the late Shirley A. Chisholm in 1982.

Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was known as a politician who refused to allow fellow politicians, including the male-dominated Congressional Black Caucus, to sway her from her goals.

Chisholm talks about becoming a politician, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, being an opponent of the draft, supporting increases for education and health care and advocating for the needs of minorities.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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