Statement By U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Regarding The Passing Of Former Congressman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY)

Jan 3, 2005
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- My heart is heavy over the loss of Shirley Chisholm, a pioneer in politics. As the first Black woman elected to Congress, Ms. Chisholms tenacity and unapologetic voice on key issues will be forever remembered by her constituents and colleagues.  She opened doors for people such as myself, and I will always be eternally grateful.

Refusing to set limitations, Ms. Chisholms trailblazing spirit invigorated women, African-Americans and others to get involved in the political process by merely keeping her finger on the pulse of the people. 

A first on many accounts and fighter for equal rights, civil rights and human rights, Shirley Chisholm has left a lasting impression on us all.