PBS Premiere: February 7, 2005
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she becomes the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she's supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. Their campaign-trail adventures are frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on!
Chisholm '72 (75 min.)
People like to ask, if Shirley Chisholm ran today would she have an easier time? In terms of the public's perception of her, yes. In terms of actually 'running,' I think she would have a harder time.”
— Shola Lynch, Filmmaker
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January 3, 2005
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Bottom line: Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's movie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today…an inspiring tale of someone who made a difference...”
&mdash The Hollywood Reporter