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
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.
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 (about 400 feet away); Early Beginnings (about 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.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics • Women •
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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 131 times since then and 26 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.