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Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Shirley Chisholm

Barrier Breaker

— Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

 
 
Shirley Chisholm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
1. Shirley Chisholm Marker
Inscription.  
In 1968, Shirley Anita Chisholm, known as “Fighting Shirley Chisholm”, a former educator and member of the New York State Assembly, became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Known for her incisive debating style and uncompromising integrity, she won this race against tremendous odds on account of both her race and sex. Shirley Chisholm went on to make a name for herself as a passionate advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, the poor and against the Vietnam War. She changed the nation's perception about the capabilities of women and African-Americans.

On January 25, 1972, Chisholm made history again by announcing her candidacy for president, the first black woman to seek the nation's highest office. In her speech, she declared, "I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not a candidate of the woman's movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I am equally proud of that. I am not a candidate of any political bosses or special interests.
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I am the candidate of the people.” Although she did not win the nomination, she continued to serve in the House of Representatives until 1982.

Shirley Chisholm received many honorary degrees and awards including alumna of the year, Brooklyn College, key woman of the year, outstanding work in the field of child welfare, the national women’s hall of fame and women of achievement.

Caption: Photo courtesy of Dr. Willie J. Kimmons
 
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsGovernment & PoliticsWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is January 25, 1972.
 
Location. 29° 12.586′ N, 81° 0.933′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from East Orange Avenue, 0.1 miles east of South Beach Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Historic Jim Crow Section" (here, next to this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackie Robinson
Shirley Chisholm Marker (Reverse Side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 17, 2017
2. Shirley Chisholm Marker (Reverse Side)
Inscription same as listed on front side.
(about 400 feet away); Early Beginnings (about 400 feet away); First Spring Training (about 400 feet away); Mary McLeod Bethune (about 400 feet away); Sports Memories (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
 
More about this marker. This Daytona Beach Ballpark is named in honor of famed Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson. In 1946, Daytona Beach was the only city along the spring season circuit to allow Robinson to play. This event helped Robinson to eventually break the color barrier in major league baseball. On October 22, 1998, this stadium was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.
 
Shirley Chisholm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
3. Shirley Chisholm Marker
Shirley Chisholm US Congresswoman image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pbs, March 26, 1969
4. Shirley Chisholm US Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm For President image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tekuret
5. Shirley Chisholm For President
Ball Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
6. Ball Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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