A black woman running for the White House would be a bit far out even in an Allen Drury novel—or so it seemed before Shirley Chisholm came on the scene. Last week, in her Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn with California Representative Ron Dellums at her side, the U.S.'s first black Congresswoman announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination—bringing the total number of declared entrants to ten. Why is she running? "To repudiate the ridiculous notion that the American people will not vote for a qualified candidate simply because he is not white or because she is not male."


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