Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress

Random/Anne Schwartz. Jun. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593123683.
K-Gr 3–Young Shirley St. Hill, born in Brooklyn, NY, but spending her formative years in Barbados, exhibited her curiosity and boldness from an early age. She was an outstanding student, graduated college, taught school, and became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Emphasis is placed on her determination, drive, and persistence. When she was held back in school, she acquired a tutor to catch up and skip a grade. In college, she joined political action groups and questioned why so little was being done in poor neighborhoods. Williams provides an engaging account of Chisolm’s life in an accessible manner and Harrison’s attractive acrylic illustrations enhance a fine text. There are many books on Chisholm’s life for the targeted demographic but this one is a cut above the rest.
VERDICT Librarians may feel they have enough books on Chisholm’s life but this volume should be considered as more than an additional purchase.

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