The first black woman to run as a major party candidate for president

Courtesy of Women Make Movies.

Sep 14, 2016

Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to run as a major party candidate for president of the United States in 1972. In the film, "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed," PBS tells her story.

Delaware Valley University will be hosting a public screening of the film Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Life Science Building auditorium. Guests do not need to register in advance and there is no cost to attend. After the film, DelVal faculty members Dr. Jessica McCall and Dr. Craig Stutman will facilitate a discussion with guests about the Constitution and how Chisholm's story is an example of the power of engaged citizens.

Chisholm passed away in 2005. The film uses  archival footage, period music, interviews with supporters, opponents and observers, and Chisholm’s own commentary to tell her story.

“I ran because somebody had to do it first," said Chisholm in the film. "I ran because most people thought the country was not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday — it was time in 1972 to make that someday come.”

The event is being presented by: DelVal's history, policy and society major, The Office of Student Involvement and the University's chapter of the American Association for University Women.

Watch the Film Trailer Here.

Tickets: There is no charge to attend and reservations are not needed.

Directions: The University is located at 700 East Butler Avenue in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Parking is available in the lots C and A.