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Gillis to Moderate Discussion of Documentary on Shirley Chisolm

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 30, 2014)- The National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, will host Barbara Winslow, a historian teaching in the School of Education and the Women's Studies Program at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College, in a moderated discussion Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd.

Winslow will answer questions following a screening of the documentary Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed, at 6:30 p.m. She will participate via video technology from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College. The program will be moderated by Delia Gillis, professor of history and director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri.

This event is the part of a program series titled The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History, presented in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group,  and the UCM Center for Africana Studies.

Chisholm, a Democrat from New York, was the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1969, and the first African American of either gender to seek a major party's presidential nomination, an effort recounted in Unbought & Unbossed.

Chisholm, who died in January 2005, knew that her chances of winning her party's 1972 nomination, let alone the general election, were nil, yet she ran, she said, to "shake up the system." Well-educated, articulate, and tough, Chisholm faced plenty of opposition, including that received from women and other black politicians. She was even physically attacked on the "Chisholm Trail," as she called her campaign. But she stayed the course all the way up to the Democratic convention in Miami, when she finally released her delegates to Sen. George McGovern, and continued serving in the House of Representatives until 1983.

To make a reservation for this free program, call 816-268-8010 or email  Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.