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Quotations From SHIRLEY CHISHOLM


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  • Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Congress, serving 1969-1982. In 1972, she attempted to win the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination.
  • Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor African American district in Brooklyn.
  • Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time. ...Its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 10 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor district of Brooklyn.

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  • ... all Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970). Chisholm was a Congresswoman from a poor African American district in Brooklyn.

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  • I don't measure America by its achievement, but by its potential.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician and feminist. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 16 (1970).

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  • Racism keeps people who are being managed from finding out the truth through contact with each other.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970).

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  • ... rhetoric never won a revolution yet.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician and human rights advocate. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 13 (1970).
  • ... white people, like black ones, are victims of a racist society. They are products of their time and place.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician and feminist. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 15 (1970).

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