""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 nytimes.com." By nytimes on Instagram.
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