Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
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. 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
Caption: Photo courtesy of Dr. Willie J. Kimmons
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
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. Touch for map. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.
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 (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.
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Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 40 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.