Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed | Chicago Reader

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

In 1968 the late Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress, and four years later she launched an incendiary bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, challenging Americans to voice their discontent with social inequality and the Vietnam war. “If you can't support me, or you can't endorse me,” she declared at the time, “then get out of my way.” An informed and inspired advocate of human rights, Chisholm energizes this compelling 2004 documentary by first-time director Shola Lynch. Veteran activists Susan Brownmiller, Amiri Baraka, and Bobby Seale also bear witness, backed by fascinating archival footage and a funkadelic sound track. 75 min.

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