Thursday, February 25, 2016

““That I am a national figure because I was the first...

""That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black and a woman proves, I would think, that our society is not yet either just or free," #ShirleyChisholm wrote in her 1970 autobiography, "Unbought and Unbossed." ​She later said​ she did not want to be remembered as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, or to run for president, but rather as a black woman who "dared to be herself." Here, the @nytimes staff photographer @Meyer Liebowitz captured Shirley looking resolute while working as a census taker. The @nytimes census article that ran on August 1, 1970 relegated Shirley's role to a footnote, and until now, this photo was never published.

After 3 weeks of diving into our #archives for our #unpublishedblackhistory project, we're asking you to share your own version of #unpublishedblackhistory. It could be a snapshot from an important event or a quieter personal moment that reveals a deeper truth. Visit the link in our profile to submit your photo. We'll share a selection at the end of the month on" By nytimes on Instagram.

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