The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm: Screening and Conversation

When: Wednesday, January 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $15 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Still from “Chisholm ‘72"

In a whirlwind of historic firsts, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 and, in 1972, the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States. Join us for a screening of the Peabody Award winning documentary, Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004, 75 min), which tells the extraordinary story of a woman claiming her place in American politics. Following the film, director Shola Lynch will sit down with California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited, pending availability), Chisolm’s mentee and her delegate for the 1972 Democratic National Convention, for a conversation about her lasting legacy.

This program accompanies our exhibition, Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics (on view through July 2018). To view more programs in this series, click here

About the Speakers:
Barbara Lee
serves as U.S. Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District. As president of the Mills College Black Student Union, Lee invited Congresswoman Chisholm to speak on campus. As a result of the meeting, Lee registered to vote for the first time and later worked on Congresswoman Chisholm's historic presidential campaign, including serving as her delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Currently, Congresswoman Lee serves on the Budget Committee and the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending.

Shola Lynch is an award-winning American filmmaker based in New York. Her feature documentary Chisholm '72 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, aired on PBS’s POV series, and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Peabody Award. Her most recent film, FREE ANGELA and All Political Prisoners, documents activist Angela Davis’ crime and flight from the FBI in 1970. Since 2013 Lynch has served as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Lynch is currently working on several film projects including her first narrative feature tentatively titled “The Outlaw."

Additional speakers to be announced.

$20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

View a trailer of the film here:


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Assistive listening devices are available during our events. Our auditorium can accommodate manual wheelchairs, however, our wheelchair lift cannot currently accommodate electric or motorized wheelchairs. Please contact the Public Programs Department at 917.492.3395 or with any questions or concerns.

Our Partners

This program is made possible with support from the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission

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