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Women’s History Month: Remembering Shirley Chisholm, the First Woman or Person of Color to Run for U. S. President

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Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking at FSU as a presidential candidate - Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Donn Dughi) Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking at FSU as a presidential candidate – Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Donn Dughi)

Seeing a black person or woman running for the president nowadays isn’t that strange. Back in 1972 when Shirley Chisholm did it, however, it was both radical and unheard of.

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President Obama Mourns Death Of Poet, Author Maya Angelou

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the death of poet and author Maya Angelou has dimmed “one of the brightest lights of our time.”

Obama said in a statement that he and first lady Michelle Obama will cherish the time they spent with Angelou.

He said Angelou had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children and that we all have something to offer.

“Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time: a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman,” Obama said.

“Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things: an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller, and her greatest stories were true.

Obama said “a childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to…

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