On this date, July 13, in 1972 Shirley Chisholm, the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
Born in New York City in 1924, Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswoman and for seven terms represented New York State in the House. She ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972. Throughout her political career Chisholm fought for education opportunities and social justice. She left congress in 1983 to teach and lecture. She died in 2005. [Continue reading biography.]
For further reading and research, see also:
Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition by Shirley Chisholm. [book link]