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Rep. Barbara Lee, Educators, Economists Honor First African-American Congresswoman

On Feb. 1 in Oakland, Congressional Representative Barbara Lee (at left), Educator Rosenda Thomas and others at the Forum on Women's Economic Empowerment hosted by the congresswoman at Mills College took part in a special dedication ceremony for the Shirley Chisholm U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp.

The stamp honors the late-Congressional Representative Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

On January 25, 1972, Rep. Chisholm also became the first major-party Black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Rep. Chisholm received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

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