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CBC Chair Fudge Lauds USPS's Shirley Chisholm Stamp

WI Web Staff | 10/10/2013, 5:52 p.m.
Shirley Chisholm (Courtesy of loc.gov)

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge on Thursday lauded the United States Postal Service for inducting Shirley Chisholm into its Black Heritage stamp series.

“I am very excited that Shirley Chisholm, one of my personal heroes, will be recognized in the United States Postal Services' Black Heritage stamp series among other African American pioneers in American history," the Ohio congresswoman said.

Chisholm, who died at 80 in 2005, was the first African-American woman elected to Congress, representing New York's 12th Congressional District from 1969 to 1983 and joining the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971.

She is best known for being the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination when she ran in 1972.

Fudge commended California Rep. Barbara Lee for pushing in Congress for the commemorative stamp in Chisholm's honor.

"Ms. Chisholm was a trailblazer who shattered glass ceilings and broke racial barriers in America, paving the way for African Americans and women to serve as leaders in their communities and in the United States Congress," she said. "This is a tremendous honor and one that is well-deserved."