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First Black Congresswoman Chisholm Dies

Shirley Chisholm in 1969 became the first black woman elected to Congress, representing Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section in the U.S. House of Representatives until she retired in 1983. She died Jan. 1 at age 80. Chisholm spoke at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1969, 1973 and 1986. A tribute to her was published in the Jan. 3 Finger Lakes Times.