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9th Annual Shirley Chisholm Conference Hosted by The Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers

The Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College Presents 9th Annual Shirley Chisholm Conference: Gender, Activism & Social Justice Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6PM to 8PM ET Honoring The. Hon. Dr. Una S.T. Clarke Dr. Zinga Fraser Earl Phillips Register Online For more information contact Michael Flanigan #CityUniversityofNewYork #FraserZinga #MedgarEversCollege #CUNY #Brooklyn #DrUnaSTClarke #ZingaAFraserPhD #News

Unbought Unbossed Conversations Presented by Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute Monday Jan 25th wit

Celebrity Host, Entrepreneur, and @shirleychisholminstitute Board Member @angelayee conducts intimate moments with the illustrious SCCI Board, Special Guest Dr. @zingafraserph.d and others in tribute to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s run for President of the United States of America. During America’s current moment of reckoning, the #shirleychisholmculturalinstitute is forging to restore relevant moments in history ignited by #ShirleyChisholm that were systematically erased.  With Angela’s warm and signature style we will get to know the community that has held it down for decades from the walls of Congress to the communities around the world that fondly emanate Shirley’s mantra to be “Unbought and Unbossed”. RSVP Zoom Doctor Zinga A. Fraser Director @Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism Zinga A. Fraser, PhD is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945- Present at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She has a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University specializing in Race, Politics, and Culture. Zinga received her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies. In 2005, Zinga obtained a Master’s of Arts from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, where she was a Paul Robeson Fellow. Her work focuses on African American Politics, Black Women’s History and Feminism. She has examined the life and work of Shirley Chisholm over eight years. Her master’s thesis, “Unbought and Unbossed: A Radical Political Ideology” received the Zora Neale Hurston Award, Excellence in Writing Award for Social Sciences at Columbia University. David J. Johns Executive Director @National Black Justice Coalition David J. Johns is known for his passion, public policy acumen and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity—leveraging his time, talent and treasures to address the needs of individuals and communities often neglected and ignored. A recognized thought leader and social justice champion, David’s career has focused on improving life outcomes and opportunities for Black people. Johns is a prominent strategist who offers commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, EducationPost and TV One. On September 1, 2017, David Johns began his next life chapter as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)—a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma. Angela Yee Host & Board Member @Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute Angela Yee, co-host of the Breakfast Club at iHeart Media, has been breaking stories, conducting groundbreaking interviews and giving earnest, expert advice alongside her co-hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne for the past 9 years. She has also been focused on entrepreneurship, opening the Juices for Life juice bar in Bed-Stuy and starting a subscription based pressed juice business called Drink Fresh Juice. In addition to prioritizing health based businesses she is actively involved in the community, becoming the first NY Public Library ambassador and the first ever global ambassador for diversity, inclusion and community engagement for Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment (BSE) which includes the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets. #ShirleyChisholm #Panel #DavidJohns #MrDavidJohns #ShirleyChisholmCulturalInstitute #AngelaYee #shirleychisholminstitute #ZingaAFraserPhD

Invitation to Shirley Chisholm Day Webinar: Monday Dec 7th @ 5:15pm

On behalf of the Shirley Chisholm Project you are invited to Chisholm Day 2020. Shirley Chisholm Day 2020 Webinar: The Future of Black Women’s Political Leadership- Monday, December 7th from 5:15 to 6:45 pm via Zoom. Our keynote event will be a dialogue between Professor Maya Wiley and Director and Professor Zinga A. Fraser. Maya Wiley is a civil rights attorney, racial justice advocate, and New York City mayoral candidate. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, any students and friends . The event is open to the public so we anticipate that spaces for the webinar will be filled quickly! So register today to secure access. Please use the following link to register: If clicking the link does not bring you to the registration page, please copy and paste this URL into your browser. You can also gain access to the registration page via our website ( and our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts (links below). Website – Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube – Tumblr Thank you so very much for your continued support of the Chisholm Project Zinga A. Fraser, PhD Brooklyn College Assistant Professor Africana Studies Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism 2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11210 Speakers Prof. Maya Wiley Civil Rights Attorney, Racial Justice Advocate & Candidate for Mayor of NYC Maya is a nationally recognized racial justice and equity advocate. As Counsel to the Mayor, she delivered for NYC on civil and immigrant rights, women and minority-owned business contracts, universal broadband access and more. After leaving City Hall, she held police accountable as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and worked to improve public education as a Co-Chair of the School Diversity Task Force. At the New School, where she served as a University Professor, she founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband. Maya is a veteran of both the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the ACLU, was a former Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. She was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion. Ms. Wiley holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A in psychology from Dartmouth College. Dr. Zinga A. Fraser Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism @ CUNY Brooklyn College (Professor) Dr. Zinga A. Fraser is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. Dr. Fraser is a foremost expert on Shirley Chisholm, Black Congressional Women and Black feminist politics. She is currently completing book entitled, Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Black Women’s Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era (in addition to another forthcoming book under contract with the Univ. of California Press on Chisholm’s intellectual legacy). She has appeared on local, national and international news outlets such as: The New York Times, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, Elle Magazine docuseries, Buzzfeed News, C-SPAN, BBC- Africa, NY1 and WNBC-TV, WABC- TV, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, AP Press and the Amsterdam News and National Public Radio. Dr. Fraser obtained her PhD from Northwestern University, Masters of Arts from Columbia University and Bachelors of Arts from Temple University. #FraserZinga #Free #BrooklynCollege #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #ShirleyChisholm #theShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivismatBrooklynCollege #Interview #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #MayaWileyEsq #ZingaAFraserPhD #Video #News

Zinga Fraser, PhD, WNBC TV Channel 4 Interview on Chisholm, Harris and the 2020 Campaign

Zinga Fraser, PhD, WNBC TV Channel 4 Interview Copyright © 2020 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved “You can’t be something that you can’t see.” Dr. Fraser explained in a segment for NBC News aired this weekend. The segment focused on Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s impact on Kamala Harris’ ascent to the Vice-Presidency. Professor Fraser observed that Harris’ ascent “ is a day I know Shirley Chisholm dreamed of.” According to Professor Fraser, Harris and Biden’s successful campaign to ascend to the White House is the result of Chisholm’s long-term political goal to help women of color develop political power. As a grassroots political organizer in Brooklyn, a New York State Assemblywoman, U.S. Representative and Presidential Candidate, every step Shirley Chisholm took in her political career was consciously designed to advance that ultimate goal. Kamala Harris’ political victory is only one manifestation. Fraser also believes that Chisholm’s eyes would remain fixed on the work that is yet to be done for marginalized communities. The 2020 election is only the first of many battles that must be won. Any celebration of Black women voters, Fraser argues, must be connected to transformative policies that directly speak to the needs of Black women and the communities they represent. In an October article published in the Boston Review book The Right To Be Elected, Professor Fraser highlighted the work of Stacey Abrams and LaTosha Brown as examples of the enduring role of Black women in the fight against voter suppression. In this light, what is most significant about the 2020 election is how Black and Brown women were behind every aspect of the 2020 Democratic victory. Black women, particularly those in the South, made Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy possible. They inspired and motivated Kamala Harris’ presidential candidacies and insisted upon a Black woman as vice president. They led the inner circle of Joe Biden’s campaign team. And, most notably, they mobilized voters to claim Democratic victories in key battleground states. Because of their efforts, Black women have also been prominent targets of racist and sexist attacks from the 45th president and his surrogates in the years leading up to this election. Therefore, Dr. Fraser concludes in her interview, the victory ultimately belongs to them. “Black and brown women really are the winners of the election. It is because of their vote, it is because of their sacrifice, it is because of their determination to address issues around voter suppression that we have Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden in the Office.” Click this link to watch Dr. Fraser’s interview with NBC News: Source: The Chisholm Project #CityUniversityofNewYork #ShirleyChisholm #WNBC #ZingaAFraser #Election2020 #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #KamalaHarris #ShirleyChisholm #News4 #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #ZingaAFraserPhD #Video

10/6/20 Home Grown: The Women of CUNY Alumni Candidates Forum

Home Grown: The Women of CUNY Alumni Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5PM ET In the tradition of Congresswoman & Professor Shirley Chisholm, the Chisholm Project engages a new generation of women in public service. We are proud to co-sponsor The Women of CUNY Alumni Candidates Forum. Zinga A. Fraser, PhD, Director of the Chisholm Project, will be moderating the discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 6th. Register Online #CityUniversityofNewYork #FraserZinga #CUNY #Panel #BrooklynCollege #ZingaAFraserPhD

9/27/20 Association for the Study of African-American Life & History (ASALH) – Bethel Duke

On Monday Sept. 27th, Dr. Zinga A. Fraser led a presentation and discussion for the Bethel Dukes Chapter of the Association for the Study of African-American Life & History (ASALH) on “Shirley Chisholm’s Politics of Rebellion.” Her presentation spoke to this year’s theme of African Americans and the Vote. Throughout a presentation that tied together Chisholm, Breonna Taylor, the 2020 election and the long history of Black women’s leadership, Professor Fraser critiqued the tendency to simply invoke Black women as symbols without crediting their civic accomplishments, their substantive needs and their radical politics. Read more here. #ShirleyChisholm #FraserZinga #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #ShirleyChisholm #Lecture #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #AssociationfortheStudyofAfricanAmericanLifeampHistory #ZingaAFraserPhD

Don’t Just Say Her Name, Engage in Her Politics! — Dr. Zinga Fraser at ASALH

Republished from THE CHISHOLM PROJECT A repository of women’s grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945 SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 On Monday Sept. 27th, Dr. Zinga A. Fraser led a presentation and discussion for the Bethel Dukes Chapter of the Association for the Study of African-American Life & History (ASALH) on “Shirley Chisholm’s Politics of Rebellion.” Her presentation spoke to this year’s theme of African Americans and the Vote. Throughout a presentation that tied together Chisholm, Breonna Taylor, the 2020 election and the long history of Black women’s leadership, Professor Fraser critiqued the tendency to simply invoke Black women as symbols without crediting their civic accomplishments, their substantive needs and their radical politics. “Only speaking Chisholm’s name but not engaging in her politics is a way of dis-remembering her legacy,” Dr. Fraser declared. And that legacy, she argued, goes even deeper than her participation in 1968 and 1972 elections. “Chisholm was not an advocate of empty symbolism.” Chisholm sought to catalyze substantive changes for marginalized people. Her historic election to Congress in ‘68 and her ‘72 presidential campaign were only part of a larger campaign to transform American society and politics. According to Dr. Fraser, trailblazing Black women like Shirley Chisholm, “were never just invested in an election. They were invested in mobilizing communities to transform those communities from the inside out.” The Professor expressed the life and death situation of this election and the efforts to suppress and disenfranchised voters especially Black voters. While the goal is to elect a party and individuals that aligned themselves with progressive political agenda. “The end is not solely about the symbolic representation of leadership. The end is getting what our community needs.” Dr. Fraser expressed the real work is developing an agenda that holds a new administration accountable to the marginalized people that elected them. Join the Project as we continue Shirley Chisholm’s legacy in educating others around politics, social and economic justice. You can follow us on Twitter (@chisholmproject), Facebook (@chisholmproject), Youtube and Instagram (@thechisholmproject). Also, visit our Contribute to the Project page with details on how to make a donation in support of our archives and initiatives. TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM YOUTUBE CUNY BROOKLYN COLLEGE TUMBLR © 2020 THE CHISHOLM PROJECT #CityUniversityofNewYork #ShirleyChisholm #Community #BrooklynCollege #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #ShirleyChisholm #History #ChisholmProject #Lecture #AfricanaStudies #AssociationfortheStudyofAfricanAmericanLifeandHistory #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #AfricanAmericanhistory #ASALH #Education #ZingaAFraserPhD #BlackWomensHistory

9/27/20 ASALH – Bethel Dukes Branch Presentation

Sunday 9/27/20 at 3:30 PM ET Chisholm Project Director Zinga A. Fraser, PhD will join ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History for their 105th Annual Meeting/Virtual Conference dedicated to “African Americans & the Vote.” Dr. Fraser will discuss #ShirleyChisholm & the history of Black women’s electoral engagement. Link to register: #ShirleyChisholm #Lecture #AssociationfortheStudyofAfricanAmericanLifeandHistory #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #ASALH #ZingaAFraserPhD

Swedish National Radio Interview

“I WOULD SAY SHE WAS A WINNER.” In an interview with Swedish National Radio, Zinga A. Fraser, PhD dispels some misconceptions about #ShirleyChisholm‘s 1972 presidential run. (1) Chisholm wasn’t just a “first.” She was the most insightful policy innovator of all the candidates in the presidential campaign. (2) Despite what her detractors claimed, she was a winner in 1972. She helped to expand the electorate and the Democratic Party, and she made it to the Convention to shape the outcome although a handful of better-resourced and better-connected candidates dropped out of the primaries early. According to Dr. Fraser, Shirley Chisholm “transformed how we think about government.” Learn more about interview on our website: Listen to Dr. Fraser’s full interview here: Shirley Chisholm – 50 kilos of nuclear energy that changed American politics The segment on Shirley Chisholm begins at 6:15 into the segment. Also featured in the video is Dr. Niambi Carter (Howard Univ. Professor and friend of the Chisholm Project). #CityUniversityofNewYork #ShirleyChisholm #FraserZinga #Radio #ZingaAFraser #SwedishNationalRadio #BrooklynCollege #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #ShirleyChisholm #Interview #Sweden #ShirleyChisholmtaughtme #SverigesRadio #ZingaAFraserPhD #News

Boston Review: The Right to Be Elected

Boston Review The Right to Be Elected

(Spring 2020) Paperback, 120 pages What might happen if a woman’s right to vote is seen as coequal with her right to be elected? Why are other countries so much better than the United States at electing women to office? In her lead essay in this anthology, Jennifer Piscopo argues that women in the United States haven’t fought for the right to be elected. A comparative political scientist, she shows that suffrage movements around the world often focused not only on the right to vote, but also the right to stand for office. As a result, when these movements succeeded, they saw the right to be elected as a positive right, enabling nationwide-efforts to both encourage and actively recruit female candidates. In her exploration of positive and negative rights in the United States, Piscopo explores what might happen if a woman’s right to vote is seen as coequal with her right to be elected, considering, among other things, how our definitions of representational government could both change and restore public trust in democracy. Other essays in this anthology similarly analyze history for lessons that can be applied to today’s political climate. What effects does gender parity in legislatures have both on policies enacted and government performance? How has the complicated relationship between race and gender both informed and prevented progress for both movements? And, most immediately, what will it take for a woman to be elected president in the United States? FORUM

Lead Essay: Jennifer Pispcopo

Respondents: Suzanne Dovi, Kerry Haynie, Chris Karpowitz, Donna Edwards, Emily Cain, Jocelyn Benson ESSAYS

Julie Suk, Zinga Fraser, Marie Berry and Milli Lake $16.00 #FraserZinga #Voting #Politics #BostonReview #Book #Election #ZingaAFraserPhD

8/18/20 Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women Voting and Recognizing Yvonne Lewis Holley

8/18/20 Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women Voting and Recognizing Yvonne Lewis Holley Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor of North Carolina Featured presenters include: Gilda R. Daniels, Esq. Zinga Fraser, Ph.D. Jaribu Hill, Esq. Mackenzie Howard Contact Wade Johnson at #Voting #Event #Community #Panel #BrooklynCollege #NorthCarolina #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #Politics #Media #Election #ZingaAFraserPhD #News


AUGUST 13, 2020 DR. ZINGA FRASER ON CBS NEWS: SHIRLEY CHISHOLM EMBODIES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE “A PEOPLE’S CANDIDATE” After Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for the U.S. presidency, the political work of Shirley Chisholm re-emerged to the forefront of national conversation. Dr. Zinga Fraser, who has worked tirelessly to elevate Chisholm’s life and legacy, appeared on CBS New York yesterday to emphasize how a Black woman’s elevation to the Vice Presidential nomination was made possible by the trailblazing Congresswoman from Brooklyn. Referring to the Congresswoman’s political work and political identity, Dr. Fraser told Lisa Rozner of CBS News: “Chisholm would say she’s the People’s candidate. She’s an advocate for the poor, an advocate against racism.” As one of the foremost experts on Shirley Chisholm and African-American women in politics, Dr. Fraser has made it her mission to reshape the conversation about Shirley Chisholm into one that focuses on the substance of her ideas and political labors—not just the symbolism of her political image. Today on Twitter, Dr. Fraser also reminded us: “When we insert Chisholm’s name and image we must engage in her politics.” In her numerous writings, in the classroom, and in various public interviews about the Congresswoman, Professor Fraser teaches on both the symbolic and substantive dimensions of Shirley Chisholm’s life. See below to watch some of Dr. Fraser’s other interviews: On C-SPAN With BBC News Africa: With Stacie Strahan on “Positively Black” for WNBC #ShirleyChisholm #FraserZinga #ZingaAFraser #CBS #ShirleyChisholmProjectonBrooklynWomensActivism #History #Politics #Media #Television #Interview #ZingaAFraserPhD #Video #TV #News

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