The view from the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building roof at 55 Hansen Place, looking towards Brooklyn Heights and Lower Manhattan. 

Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Chisholm, spent some of her childhood years living with her grandmother in Barbados, before returning to her parents in New York to complete her education.

After qualifying as a teacher she worked in childcare, where she developed an interest in politics. She served in the New York state assembly, then made history in 1968, becoming the first African American woman elected to the US Congress.

"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."


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