Grade 7, Tennessee, 3/5/1999
I think Shirley Anita Chisholm should be nominated to the Trailblazers Honor Roll for African Americans. Shirley was the first Black woman elected to congress. While in Congress she was assigned by Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee to the Committee on Agriculture and its Rural Development and Forestry Subcommittee. She served as a volunteer in the Brooklyn chapter of the National Urban League and the NAACP. As a volunteer in these organizations, she debated minority rights. Her political career took off in 1964 when she won by a landslide her campaign for the New York State Assembly. As an assembly person (1965-1968), she authored legislation that instituted SEEK (Search of Education, Elevation, and Knowledge), a program that provided college funding to disadvantaged youths and successfully introduced a bill that secured unemployment insurance for domestics and day-care providers. Shirley Anita Chisholm should be nominated to the Trailblazers Honor Roll for African Americans for these three accomplishments.
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