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New York to Erect Statue of First Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

This is dope, New York City will be paying homage to Shirley Chisholm. As you know she is the first black women to be elected into Congress and on Friday it was announced that she will be getting her very own statue in Brooklyn..

According to Rawstory:

Shirley Chisholm, who was also the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination as president, will be honored with a statue at Prospect Park.

“Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s legacy of leadership and activism has paved the way for thousands of women to seek public office,” said Chirlane McCray, wife of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“She is exactly the kind of New York woman whose contributions should be honored with representation in our public spaces.”

De Blasio, a progressive Democrat, ordered a review into public monuments after deadly violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia in 2017 fueled momentum to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War-era South.

Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924 in Brooklyn, the eldest of four daughters of a factory laborer from Guyana and a seamstress from Barbados.

The city’s department of cultural affairs has committed up to $10 million over the next four years to commissioning new permanent public monuments and commemorations, with others to be announced in due course.

As you know, Viola Davis has been tapped to play Shirley in a new Amazon biopic coming up, click here if you missed that… This is great news and long overdue!

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