Before Barack, Hillary or even Michelle, there was Shirley

On January 25, 1972, Shirley Chisolm announced that she would seek the Democratic Party nomination for president, thus becoming the first African American woman to run for president for a major political party.

Though she was also the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus, her accomplishments did not come without hard work, a strong backbone, and resolute dedication.

Watch her iconic declaration of her intent to run for office, and learn how it felt to be in her shoes.