"I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo." –Shirley Chisholm
This film tells the remarkable story of Shirley Chisolm, the first black woman to run for President. Shunned by the political establishment, she’s supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. After the 2004 elections, her story reminds all Americans that, in Chisholm’s words, "the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it."
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Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a presidential candidate in 1972. This film is a remarkable recollection of a campaign that broke new ground in politics, and truly reached out to "the people." Chisholm championed the causes of marginalized Americans including the poor, youth, people of color, gays, and women.
Chisholm saw the presidential race itself as an opportunity to draw people to politics who traditionally did not participate. In her words, "I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo."
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