BROOKLYN COLLEGE — The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, housed at Brooklyn College, will celebrates the 40th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with a conference, “Be a Catalyst for Change: Shirley Chisholm’s Lifelong Legacy,” on Thursday, March 29, at the college.
Highlighting the conference will be Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host and Tulane professor; and the Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who was a young activist in Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign.
In remembering Chisholm, a staunch feminist, childcare and healthcare advocate and opponent of the Vietnam War, her message is as relevant now as it was 40 years ago.
This conference will bring together nationally acclaimed scholar/activists, Brooklyn College students, students from neighboring colleges and high schools, community activists and elected officials to honor Chisholm’s legacy.
Speakers will include Northwestern University Professor Martha Biondi, Penn State University Professor Julie Gallagher, University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Barbara Ransby and Princeton University Professor Josh Guild.