The Buffalo History Museum and The Buffalo Presidential Center Spotlight Shirley Chisholm – Wednesday, January 11th

Trailblazing Women: Western New York Connections

Posted January 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York – The Buffalo History Museum will host the lecture, “Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed.”image001

This program is in collaboration with a coalition of WNY women’s organizations  and  community  partners including, the Buffalo Presidential Center, AAUW—Buffalo Branch, The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Friends of Women’s Rights National Historic Park, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, Zonta Club of Buffalo, League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara, WomenElect, Daemen College Women’s Studies Program, and the  Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

Altogether, they will host a lecture presented by Eva M. Doyle about Shirley Chisholm – an inspirational African-American woman in history who generated significant change for all women across the nation.

Date:  Wednesday, January 11

Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Buffalo History Museum
Admission: Free

The lecture is designed to bring public awareness to Trailblazing Women with Western York connections and spotlight the Women’s Suffrage Centennial anniversary in New York State.

Speaker Eva M. Doyle is a retired Buffalo Public School teacher with 30 years of classroom teaching experience. She presently lectures extensively on topics in African and African American history. She is a columnist for the oldest Black newspaper in Western New York – The Criterion, published by the Merriweather Family. Her column Eye On History is now in its 36th year of publication.

About Shirley Chisholm

chisholm02During the time Shirley Chisholm was living in Brooklyn, she was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 – 1968.  She was elected as the Democratic National Committeewoman from New York State.  

With her campaign slogan, “Unbought and Unbossed,” she became the first black woman elected to Congress where she served from 1969 – 1983.  She was also an unsuccessful Democratic hopeful for the U.S. Presidency in 1972.  After leaving Congress, Shirley Chisholm made her home in Williamsville, New York, near Buffalo, and resumed her career in education.  She is buried in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

 The program is free and open to the public – parking is complimentary and convenient. For more information, the public may visit The Buffalo History Museum or call (716) 873-9644 ext. 320 for all calendar updates. Or, visit the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center.

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The Buffalo History Museum is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We receive operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from donors, members and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – What a great event and tribute! Congratulations to The Buffalo History Museum, located of Elmwood Avenue on a scenic tract of land overlooking the south side of Delaware Park, and its partners for honouring this brave voice for social justice. Attend it as a reminder that there are people who journey through this life with  grace and a selfless dedication to their fellow humans and community.

A marker for Shirley Chisholm's final resting place in Forest Lawn Cemetary in Buffalo, New York. File photo by Doug Draper

A marker for Shirley Chisholm’s final resting place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York. File photo by Doug Draper

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