University of Rochester

EVENT: Showing of Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) on Shirley Chisholm's campaign for president

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in 321 Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

September 24, 2007

In 1968, New York voters made Shirley Chisholm the first black woman elected to Congress. In a run for president four years later, Chisholm failed to secure the Democratic nomination, but she made history by being the first woman ever considered as a presidential candidate at a national convention.

Her historic campaign is chronicled in Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed. The film shows how the African-American community was galvanized by Chisholm's unprecedented run for the Oval Office in spite of the hostility she faced. Activists, writers, politicians, and others explore the campaign's opposition, which stemmed both from the political establishment and the media.

This screening is one of several that are part of "Politics and Media Constructions: Anticipating the 2008 Election," which is co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Political Science. The series is a part of the Humanities Project, an initiative by the University of Rochester emphasizing the influence and contributions of the humanities to academic and civil life.

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